Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

AT&T faces potential weekend strike


Workers with the company's wireless division say they are walking off the job because of disputes with their contracts. And in February, an estimated 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers in 36 states voted to strike as well, with 93 percent in favor. CEO Randall Stephenson got a raise of several million dollars previous year, bringing his personal take-home pay up to $28.4 million in 2016.

"They're trying to close up corporate stores to open up authorized retailer stores".

The three-day strike will last through the weekend, according to the workers' union, the Communications Workers of America.

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.

Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the US, while contracting with third-party vendors operating in countries with low wages, the release states.

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Out on Long Island, Teamsters Local 812 members went on strike April 23, when the company cut drivers' wages by 30% and ended the workers' pension.

Their walkout started early Friday afternoon, and it's the first time AT&T wireless workers have gone on strike.

The workers would be joined in their protest by CWA members in AT&T's DirecTV and wireline businesses. "We're more frustrated than ever with AT+T that they refuse to come to the bargaining table with serious proposals that protect our good jobs". AT&T worker Nicole Popis told People's World that she and her coworkers were ready to do "whatever it takes" to get a fair contract. "Eastern Time on Friday, workers will be off the job and onto picket lines across the country". "I've watched our staff shrink from 200 employees down to 130".

He said the company was prepared for the strike. Subscribe to In These Times magazine, or make a tax-deductible donation to fund this reporting.

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