AT&T (T) announced that AT&T West has reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America District 9 in wireline contract negotiations. The three-year agreement covers more than 17,000 wireline employees in California and Nevada, and will be submitted to the CWA's membership for a ratification vote in coming days. The two sides reached the agreement through lengthy negotiations and recent mediation conducted under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Out of respect for the union membership, AT&T will not comment on details of the agreement until the tentative contract has been presented to them by their leadership. AT&T wireline employees represented by the CWA earlier ratified, on Aug. 17, three-year contracts for the Midwest region and AT&T Corp. (CWA Telecommunications and Technology Office); and on Dec. 7 a three-year contract for the Southeast region. These ratified agreements collectively cover about 40,000 AT&T wireline employees. In addition, AT&T Southwest and CWA District 6 on Feb. 6 reached a tentative four-year agreement covering about 20,000 employees.