"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, in a prepared statement.
AT&T wireless workers across 36 states and Washington, D.C. will join picket lines, as will wireline workers in California, Nevada and CT, and DIRECTV technicians across California and Nevada, a news release from Communications Workers of America says. - announced today that they will participate in a weekend-long strike in protest of AT&T's failure to provide "serious proposals" for workers.
Union officials say there are 50-60 CWA members at AT&T stores in Maine. Since December, AT&T workers have picketed retail stores in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, San Diego and other cities, hung banners on freeway overpasses, organized rallies and marches and confronted the corporation at its annual meeting in Dallas.
The strike includes DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada.
Frustrated over the lack of progress in contract talks, more than 17,000 AT&T union members in California and Nevada walked off their jobs on Friday.
Giga added that the strike involves less than 14 percent of AT&T's employees. "We are what help make AT&T the company that it is and, I think, that will get our message across", said Travis Daniel, picketer. Others are employed in call centers spread out across the country.
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An estimated 21,000 wireless phone service workers nationwide at AT&T voted in early February to authorize a strike as their contract expired.
"This may be the largest retail strike in US history".
But AT&T is under pressure from Wall Street to cut costs after its recent acquisition of Time Warner Cable for a whopping $85 billion-it also took on huge amounts of that company's debt.
The closings have devastated cities and towns across the US 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.
Another key issue is job security protections. Workers are expected to go back to work on Monday.