AT&T today announced that AT&T Southeast (BellSouth Telecommunications) has reached a handshake on a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America in contract negotiations.
Additionally, AT&T and CWA have reached tentative agreements on two other smaller Southeast regional agreements covering AT&T Billing Southeast and Southeast Utility Operations.
The three-year agreements, terms of which were not disclosed, include wage increases in each year and modest pension increases. Paperwork is being finalized, AT&T said in a release.
The three agreements will be submitted to the union's membership for a ratification vote, and collectively cover more than 22,000 AT&T wireline employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
The agreements come on the heels of tentative agreements AT&T reached on July 21 in wireline contract negotiations for the AT&T Midwest region and AT&T Corp. (CWA Telecommunications and Technology Office), where contracts expired on April 7.
Health care enterprise software company OnFocus has signed a contract to network the eight facilities under the umbrella of Orlando Health in Central Florida. The news comes two weeks after OnFocus execs said they had hooked up with hospital systems in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Healthways says it recently began working with Medicare administrators in Pennsylvania and Florida to market fitness programs to their members. Word of the deals comes a month after Healthways said its Prime Fitness program will be marketed through the large Anytime Fitness chain of gyms.
Joe Cashia's Vivere Health fertility clinic venture is investing $3 million to add a surgery center to its Orlando-area laboratory. The move comes about eight months after Vivere opened its center there and six weeks after Cashia said his team is making a similar move in New Orleans.
As in many other industries, technology has a habit of quickly replacing old equipment in the music business. But with many musicians and listeners yearning for the feel and sound of vintage instruments, a small company out of Gainesville, Fla., has found a way to reconcile those two trends.
ToneRite, which is one of the hundreds of companes exhibiting at the Summer NAMM conference this week, has created a device capable of simulating the amount of vibrations guitar strings would receive after being played vigorously for more than 30 years.
The main idea behind the device is to provide guitar players with a string vibrator that is able to recreate the vintage sound of 1970s-era electric and acoustic guitars — something that normally takes decades to develop — in a matter of days.
ToneRite, which launched its first product in 2007, now has about nine employees and a range of products for different instruments. According to ToneRite global relations manager Andrew Solomon, the device his company is named for “fuses together tradition and technology,” which he said is something the music industry tends not to do.
Tourism officials in Pensacola, Fla., have chosen Bohan Advertising to market their region — which is home to the Blue Angels, among other things — to the wide world for three years. Gulch-based Bohan will officially begin working on the account in October.
A number of Miami-area doctors are complaining about the way HCA Holdings officials have ended their employment with the hospital giant. In addition to facing a big pay cut and/or a short time window in which to close down their practices, they say HCA's big physician recruiting push in recent years isn't working as well operationally as had been promised. The company said the doctors' exits are a normal business decision, but a former exec says the doctors' gripes could be a sign of bigger problems.
Curtis, who left HCA in 2010, said that HCA’s physician practices “just grew too fast,” hiring hundreds of doctors a year, and didn’t have the infrastructure to support them at its headquarters in Tennessee. “There were huge delays in getting claims, credentialing, and it just went on and on. It was not a well orchestrated process. Now they’re at a stage where they’re cutting doctors to reduce their losses.”
Nashville native and plumbing services veteran Tab Hunter is bringing his Florida-based company to the area. The twist on the enterprise Hunter acquired in 2010: It's surfer-themed.
“Our brand is sticky,” Hunter says. “When people see our trucks, they always ask, ‘What is that?’ or ‘Who are The Surfin’ Plumbers?’ I think that people who don’t live on a coastline find the brand more appealing. If you think about it, [the Sarasota-Manatee] area is not known for surfing, but the brand still resonates.”