Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T this weekend

20 Mai, 2017, 00:07 | Author: Cyril Hebras
  • An AT&T sign is seen outside a branch in Rolling Meadows Illinois U.S

The Communications Workers of America called a three-day strike to protest the almost 13-month period AT&T workers in California and Nevada have been without a contract.

AT&T, meanwhile, said it was prepared for the strike, and defended its negotiating position thus far.

AT&T spokesman Mark Giga issued a statement, saying it's "baffling" as to why union leadership would call a strike. They didn't; the workers walked. Others are employed in call centers spread out across the country.

AT&T has proposed to cut sick time and force long-time workers to pay hundreds of dollars more for basic healthcare, according to CWA. He wants to sabotage our healthcare then wants us to pay more for it.

AT&T is the largest telecommunications company in the country with $164 billion in sales and 135 million wireless customers nationwide.

The closings have devastated cities and towns across the USA where unionized call center jobs represent some of the best employment available in working-class communities-like in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where AT&T shut down a call center employing 110 people. Stop outsourcing and closing our stores. And despite his assertion that unemployment numbers are "totally fiction", Trump's administration celebrated its first jobs report that said 235,000 jobs were added in February - the first full month of Trump's presidency. "Retail workers' take home pay has plummeted in the past year after AT&T unilaterally changed its commission plan".

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On Friday afternoon, thousands of AT&T employees walked off the job in protest of the company's inability to come to an agreement on union contracts with its workforce.

"The Teamsters Union stands shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers and sisters at AT&T, and we will honor their picket lines as we support their efforts to achieve a fair contract".

This is the first time AT&T wireless workers have gone on strike, according to the CWA. AT&T worker Nicole Popis told People's World that she and her coworkers were ready to do "whatever it takes" to get a fair contract.

In Boardman, about 100 workers stood in front of the call center on South Avenue.

The union is also fighting the spread of "authorized retailers", which are run on a non-union franchise basis and maintain notoriously poor working conditions. I'm a single mother and my son is about to graduate.

The majority of the 21,000 union members in AT&T's wireless operations work at small AT&T Mobility retail shops, employing about a dozen workers on average.

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