AT&T workers in Southeast ratify union contract

DALLAS -- AT&T Inc. said Friday that its employees approved a new three-year contract covering about 30,000 workers in the Southeast.

The new pact calls for pay and pension increases over the next three years and cash payments tied to the company's financial performance but also higher health care premiums.

The deal covers workers in the Communications Workers of America's District 3, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.