20,000 AT&T Workers Across 9 States Go on Strike

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WLKY

Reprinted from WLKY on August 24, 2019. It is unattributed.

More than 20,000 AT&T Southeast workers across nine states went on strike Saturday over what they allege are unfair labor practices.

CWA filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against AT&T for not bargaining in good faith and not sending representatives to the bargaining table with the authority to make decisions.

“We entered these negotiations prepared to bargain in good faith with AT&T to address our members’ concerns and to work together to find solutions,” CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt said. “Our talks have stalled because it has become clear that AT&T has not sent negotiators who have the power to make decisions so we can move forward toward a new contract.” …

The strike involves over 20,000 technicians, customer service representatives and others who install, maintain and support AT&T’s residential and business wire line telecommunications network in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

CBS WLKY 8/24

 

Workers at AT&T Southeast Strike Over Unfair Labor Practices

Reprinted from CWA’s site on August 23, 2019. it is unattributed.

CWA has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against AT&T for not bargaining in good faith and not sending representatives to the bargaining table with the authority to make decisions. …

The strike will involve over 20,000 technicians, customer service representatives and others who install, maintain and support AT&T’s residential and business wireline telecommunications network in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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Additional unfair labor practice charges have been filed against the company in Florida for illegally disciplining members for wearing union memorabilia and for participating in activities that are protected under the National Labor Relations Act. CWA members in South Florida initiated a strike over the company’s unfair labor practices on August 22.

CWA site 8/23

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Sanders Backs Striking Telecommunications Workers

Reprinted from The Washington Post by The Associated Press on August 25, 2019.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has told striking telecommunications workers in Kentucky that they’re an example for workers across the country by standing up to their company.

The Vermont senator is in Louisville for an afternoon rally in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s hometown. Sanders is expected to criticize McConnell for blocking Democratic efforts to reduce gun violence, strengthen election security and raise the federal minimum wage.

Before the rally, Sanders spoke to striking AT&T workers. They’re part of a walkout in the Southeast after their union accused management of “unfair labor practices” during negotiations for a new contract. AT&T disputes that charge and says it’s prepared to bargain with union leaders on “a new, improved contract.”

Sanders told union members that workers nationwide need to “stand up and tell corporate America, ‘enough is enough.’”

He says corporations need to reinvest in America and stop sending jobs abroad. …

Washington Post 8/25

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