About 37000 AT&T workers go on three-day strike

AT&T wireless workers across 36 states and Washington, D.C. joined picket lines, as did wireline workers in California, Nevada and CT, and DIRECTV technicians across California and Nevada, national CWA leaders said.

The remainder of the strikers work primarily within AT&T's wireline division, which includes its traditional phone business as well as wired broadband services.

"This involves less than 14 percent of our employees", Richter said. The company and the union have held contract negotiations for almost four months of bargaining, according to the statement, which said workers are fighting for wage increases to cover rising healthcare costs, basic job security, affordable healthcare, and a fair scheduling policy. Their union, the Communication Workers of America, called for the strike in an effort to compel the wireless carrier to raise wages and adopt job security assurances against outsourcing, among other demands.

More than 17,000 AT&T union members in California and Nevada walked out of their jobs on Friday.

"I'm proud of what we're doing, that the union called for this", said Angela Maine, a four-year AT&T employee who works in Niles.

WHERE: Workers will be picketing at retail stores throughout the region.

With a 3pm ET Friday deadline, "The clock is ticking for AT&T to make good on its promise to preserve family-supporting jobs", said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor.

He said they are "more frustrated than ever" with AT&T, adding the communications company "refuses to come to the bargaining table with serious proposals that protect good jobs". The company employs 268,540 workers. "This is a warning to AT&T: there's only one way out of this now-a fair contract-and we'll settle for nothing less".

"We're prepared, and we will continue working hard to serve our customers", Phil Hayes, an AT&T representative, said in the statement.

What's most important is we're all family, whether you're a union member of not.

This is a strike happening with over 40,000 AT&T employees across the country. "Retail workers' take home pay has plummeted in the a year ago after AT&T unilaterally changed its commission plan". The company remained confident a "fair agreement" can be reached.

  • Zachary Reyes