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

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

The deadline also applies to talks with about 21,000 workers in AT&T's wireless business spread across 36 states and Washington, D.C.as those contracts expired in February. Wireless workers from 36 states (and DC) will take part in the strike, along with wireline workers from California, Nevada and CT and DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada. The national strike is scheduled to last three days and could involve as many as 40,000 workers. Workers are fighting for wage increases that cover rising healthcare costs, basic job security, affordable healthcare, and a fair scheduling policy.

In March, about 17,000 AT&T wireline workers in California and Nevada went on strike.

In April a year ago, 40,000 Verizon workers went on strike. "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.

All told, the CWA represents more than 100,000 workers across the country at AT&T.

Locally, workers have posted reminders about the planned walkout on message boards and social media asking customers to show their support by not shopping at AT&T stores.

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to reflect a strike deadline of 3 p.m. Friday. "We're confident employees will be better off financially in their new contract".

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AT&T has 325 wireless retail employers and technicians in MA, and 900 around New England.

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

In the months that followed, that jobs report was revised down to say that just 24,000 jobs were added in May of a year ago.

The workers are pushing for a bigger wage increase that appears to have spooked AT&T that is pushing for a 2% annual raise.

The current labor standoffs mark the first time that AT&T has found itself in hot water with employees since 2012.

"We are thoroughly prepared for a work stoppage, and we're committed to delivering the best service we possibly can", AT&T said.

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