At&t, Electrical Workers Negotiations `Constructive' / Says Beltram

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The atmosphere of the labor negotiations between American Telephone and Telegraph and bargaining agents for the Inte rnational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Oklahoma City Local 2021 and Local 1599 was characterized Tuesday as "constructive" by an AT&T representative.

Ed Beltram, Human Resources, Labor and Public Relations Manager for AT&T told The Journal Record the company is hopeful that negotiations of a settlement with the two locals will occur before the May 31 expiration of the current contract.

"We do not anticipate any problems that can't be resolved at the bargaining table," Beltram said Tuesday.

"We got started a little earlier than we anticipated," Beltram said of negotiations, some of which began before national talks were initiated April 2.

Negotiations started April 1 with 4,804-member Local 2021, the unit that represents the hourly workforce at the Oklahoma City plant. They began April 2 with the 580-member Local 1599, which represents the salary-graded employees.

"It has been a long-standing practice (of AT&T) that we try to work out the issues across the table. …