Union Workers for AT&T Across the Nation Go on Strike

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AT&T employees picket outside a store on Wall Street in New York on Friday. (Andrea Mohin/The New York Times)

Reprinted from PPP Focus by  on May 26, 2017.

AT&T and DirecTV workers who are members of Communications Workers of America walked off the job Friday, protesting what they call “AT&T’s failure to present serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future.”

The union complains that AT&T is sending call-center jobs overseas and diverting retail jobs to so-called authorized retailers not owned by the company and not unionized, and where wages and benefits are lower, according to a New York Times report. It’s about time we stand up to receive better and affordable healthcare, a fair scheduling policy and overall wage increase.

Locally, the strike only affects company-owned retail locations in Illinois, according to Katie Nagus, St. Louis-based director of corporate communications.

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

The workers would be joined in their protest by CWA members in AT&T’s DirecTV and wireline businesses. “Like any family, we have our disagreements, but we’ll sort them out,” AT&T spokesman Steven Maviglio said. …

PPP Focus 5/26

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