After a short strike, AT&T employees across the South are back at work including some in Starkville.

The workers, who are represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) returned to work at 1 p.m. eastern time Wednesday after a four-day strike that included a picket on Industrial Park Road Saturday. The strike included approximately 20,000 AT&T employees across the south including the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina. The strike was over unfair labor charges filed against AT&T with the National Labor Relations Board. The CWA accused AT&T of negotiating in bad faith by sending people with no power to the bargaining table.

However, a new collective bargaining agreement was reached Wednesday afternoon.

“CWA members’ spirit and solidarity over the last four days showed the company that we would not back down until they bargained with us in good faith,” said CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt. “This was a historic strike that showed the power that working people have when they join together.”

CWA Communications Director Beth Allen said the union was glad the strike had ended and workers were returning to their jobs.

“We were able to make progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement, and we have a handshake deal on that with the company,” Allen said. “They were able to meet our concern about sending someone to the bargaining table who had the authority to make decisions, and we are pleased about that.”

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