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Oklahoma business briefcase for Feb. 5, 2020

CWA begins labor negotiations

Employees with AT&T Southwest Mobility have begun negotiations for a labor contract, arguing for wage and benefit increases, along with a commitment to keep good jobs in the region.

Some Oklahoma call center employees make up the 8,000 workers that would be covered in the negotiations, which are being handled by the labor group Communications Workers of America. CWA members set up informational picket lines at retail stores and call center locations in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas.

CWA officials said negotiations would affect more than 1,000 workers in Oklahoma. The current contract expires Feb. 21.

Youth volunteers honored

Justin Evers, 12, of Oklahoma City and Allie Beach, 18, of Tulsa have been named Oklahoma's top two youth volunteers of 2020 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

As State Honorees, Allie and Justin each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America's top youth volunteers of 2020.

AAA to hold one-stop passport fair

AAA Oklahoma officials on Saturday will help people apply for passports quickly, with processing and photos on site at its locations at 6163 NW 63 St. in Oklahoma City and 1701 S Broadway in Edmond.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 405-717-8258. Staff from the U.S. Postal Service will be onsite with necessary forms and will submit completed documents for processing. AAA associates will take the required photos, a service regularly offered at AAA locations.

Staff reports