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

Brandie Irwin walked the picketline Friday in Roseville, Minn., one of about 600 Minnesotans and tens of thousands of AT&T employees nationwide who walked off the job in a three-day strike.

AT&T also reached an agreement with another union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, to hire 1,000 people and open a new call center in Chicago, which the email statement claims was praised by IBEW leadership.

Employees want an agreement between the Communication Workers of America Union and AT&T Mobility.

Just over half of the employees work for the company’s wireless business, primarily in call centers and retail stores, and have been without a long-term contract since February. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO fully supports the actions of CWA members demanding fair wages, affordable benefits and job security.

As of 3 p.m., the company decided they may close stores for the weekend because they don’t have the employees to work, said Don Trementozzi, the union’s Local 1400 president.

Workers at the Boardman AT&T call center and at retail shops on Mahoning Avenue and South Tiffany Boulevard were all on strike, a union spokeswoman said.

The strike involves less than 14 percent of AT&T’s total US workforce, Maviglio said.

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. About 40 workers are expected to protest outside the company’s main administrative office on Bush Street on Friday, but not over the weekend, he said. CWA leaders said that while AT&T brings in almost $1 billion in monthly profits, the company continues to outsource and offshore jobs.

The Charter workers, all cable techs with Spectrum/Time Warner, walked off the job about seven weeks ago.

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

At AT&T’s annual shareholder meeting at the end of April, AT&T workers protested the company’s unfair bargaining and announced they had given the company 72-hours’ notice to end their contract extension. “We’re confident employees will be better off financially in their new contract”.

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