CWA members strike against AT&T

Jeannette Daniel
May 20, 2017

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The strike includes workers in 36 states covered by the AT&T Mobility "Orange" contract, as well as workers at AT&T West, AT&T East in CT and DIRECTV in California and Nevada. This company made $13 billion in profits past year, but is now denying its workers, who are making this company so profitable, the contract they deserve. - announced today that they will participate in a weekend-long strike in protest of AT&T's failure to provide "serious proposals" for workers. The held signs reading "On Strike" as customers went in and out of the store and pedestrians walked by.

Union members want wage increases, no increase in healthcare contributions, and tighter job security protection from outsourcing.

"We're offering terms in which our employees in these contracts - some of whom average from $115,00 to $148,000 in total compensation - will be better off financially", said Giga.

"The clock is ticking for AT&T to make good on their promise to preserve family-supporting jobs for more than 40,000 workers", said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District 1.

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

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In April previous year, 40,000 Verizon workers went on strike.

The relocation of jobs to call centers in Mexico, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and other countries is one of the main issues in negotiations.

In addition to the call center and retail workers, the strikers include more than 15,000 employees on the company's wireline side - which includes landlines and internet service - as well as about 2,000 employees of DirecTV, which the company acquired in 2015. "The contracts together involve only about 13 percent of our employees".

AT&T has been under pressure to control costs as its biggest business - wireless phone service - has matured and faced rising competition from Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

With or without a deal, union members plan to return to work on Monday.

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