CWA members strike at Cheektowaga AT&T Store

"We're prepared, and we will continue working hard to serve our customers", Maviglio said.

"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", said CWA official Dennis Trainor in a statement.

The most visible effect of the strike will be closure of some AT&T retail stores and slowdowns at call centers. Richter said that some striking employees "average from $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation" and that the company has reached 29 agreements since 2015 covering over 128,000 employees. Additional workers in the wireline business in CT and DirecTV workers in California also plan to walk out, the union said. Chief union steward Rob Lechowicz said they plan to continue the strike over the weekend.

On Wednesday, the CWA issued an ultimatum that wireless workers in 36 states and Washington, DC would go on strike if a deal could not be reached.

They'll return to work Monday.

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

"We're offering generous terms in these negotiations including annual wage and pension increases, as well as comprehensive healthcare benefits, similar to what other employees across the country have ratified in other contracts", Richer said.

Managers across the country have been spreading misinformation and threatening workers with discipline if they participate in the strike, so strong community and labor support on the picket lines will be essential if a walkout occurs. Hundreds of the striking wirefline technicians, call center representatives, DIRECTV workers and wireless workers from Las Vegas picketed in front of an AT&T wireless store located at 325 N. Nellis Blvd., starting at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Communities with AT&T stores or call centers in Minnesota affected by the strike range from Baxter, Cloquet and Duluth to Grand Rapids, Mankato, Rochester and numerous parts of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

After workers began the strike, Clare Rose notified both the union and the workers individually that they would be permanently replaced - although the company has maintained the workers were not dismissed, but left in an illegal job action. "If the strike is called at 2p.m".

  • Zachary Reyes