dglobalnews.com AT&T Workers Across 36 States Began 3-Day Strike Friday
Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

AT&T Workers Across 36 States Began 3-Day Strike Friday

He said AT&T sales workers were well paid by industry standards, citing an average of over $68,000 in annual pay and benefits, roughly twice the figure for retail workers as a whole, according to PayScale, a company that tracks salary data.

The union says AT&T Mobility workers are planning to strike starting 3 p.m. Friday if the company does not give the union "serious proposals" related to contract talks.

In March, about 17,000 AT&T wireline workers in California and Nevada went on strike.

He said the contracts at issue Friday cover a small portion of the company's 265,000-person workforce. They didn't; the workers walked.

CWA Local 1118 will be holding the rally outside of the AT&T store at 1762 Central Ave. starting at 2:30 p.m., presumably just before the potential strike would begin. About 25 people are holding signs on the picket line in front of the AT&T store. He wants to sabotage our healthcare then wants us to pay more for it.

As at most telecommunications companies, AT&T's wireless business is growing faster and is more profitable than its wireline side. Workers have been trying to organize a union there and accuse management of firing union leaders and making threats, accusations and intimidating workers. The settlement earlier this spring with AT&T South will bring back 3,000 unionized call-center jobs. 12,000 call center jobs in the U.S. have been eliminated since 2011 as AT&T has chosen to instead contract with third-party vendors overseas that supply low-wage workers who aren't subject to much weaker labor protections.

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"We are ready to go, but we are hoping that AT&T comes to the table, and that we be on the right track toward reaching an agreement", said Candace Johnson, communications director for the the Communications Workers of America. "We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T, but have only been met with delays and excuses".

"AT&T is facing the possibility of closed stores for the first time ever".

The AT&T workers are the latest to join the picket line - following in the footsteps of 1,700 Charter Communications field techs and almost 150 Long Island Teamsters. "Despite being the largest telecom company in the country with almost $1 billion a month in profits and the CEO earning $28 million, AT&T continues to pinch its workers' basic needs and stand in the way of high-quality service its customers pay good money for. Even my son will be out there with me".

CWA Local 2006 represents local communications workers with AT&T.

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