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

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20 May, 2017

"We will no longer stand by as AT&T hems and haws at the bargaining table, keeping its own workers from achieving the American Dream they once promised", Dennis Trainor, vice president of CWA District 1, said in a statement.

"This involves less than 14 percent of our employees", Richter said.

Landline workers in California and Nevada picketed for a day in March to protest work rules for some in-home technicians and moves to replace US call-center jobs with contractors hired overseas.

To keep raking in the profits, AT&T has ruthlessly pursued subcontracting of call center work. "Retail workers' take home pay has plummeted in the previous year after AT&T unilaterally changed its commission plan".

Workers in AT&T wireless stores in 36 states and Washington, D.C. walked out along with workers in the company's traditional wired phone and Internet business in California, Nevada, and CT.

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A one-day strike in March by approximately 17,000 call center and office workers represented by the Communications Workers of Americas in California and Nevada led to rapid contract settlement between the union and AT&T. "Now, AT&T is facing the possibility of closed stores for the first time ever".

According to the CWA's website the union plans to picket AT&T stores around the country, including one in Austintown, two in Boardman and two in Niles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Another key issue is job security protections. They argue that AT&T is cutting customer service jobs and sacrificing the quality to save money. The CWA alleges AT&T has cut 12,000 call center jobs in the United States since 2011, opting instead to contract with third-party companies in other countries.

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. "I voted yes to authorize a strike because I'm willing to do whatever it takes to show AT&T we're serious". Sponsors play no role in editorial content. Subscribe to In These Times magazine, or make a tax-deductible donation to fund this reporting.


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