A contract between a communications workers union and AT&T expired early Sunday, but employees have chosen to remain on the job for now.

Members of Communications Workers of America working at AT&T Southeast overwhelmingly voted July 19 to authorize a strike against the utility. Negotiations commenced June 24.

The current wireline contracts cover more than 22,000 workers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The contracts do not cover AT&T Mobility workers.

The CWA said it is negotiating primarily about quality health-care coverage, higher wages, job security and investment in local communities.

If the workers strike, customers could face delays in installing new service, completing repairs and resolving problems.

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