AT&T has reached a tentative labor contract agreement with the Communications Workers of America in negotiations covering three groups of workers totaling about 24,000 employees in nine states that include Louisiana.

The company said Tuesday the agreements cover Southeast wireline workers; AT&T billing Southeast; and Southeast utility operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The agreements will be submitted to the union’s membership for a ratification vote in coming days.

AT&T said it will not comment on details of the agreements until they have been presented for a vote by union leadership.

“Our goal throughout these negotiations has been to work cooperatively with the union to bargain a fair and balanced contract that will allow us to continue to provide excellent union-represented careers with wages and benefits that are among the best in the country, while controlling costs and maintaining the flexibility the company needs to operate in an extremely competitive industry,” said Mark Royse, executive vice president-labor relations. “This agreement achieves that goal.”