In addition, 19,000 wireline workers and DirecTV technicians in California, Nevada and CT are preparing for a strike as well.
The strike includes workers in 36 states covered by the AT&T Mobility "Orange" contract, as well as workers at AT&T West, AT&T East in CT and DIRECTV in California and Nevada. "We're confident employees will be better off financially in their new contract", he said. The CWA alleges AT&T has cut 12,000 call center jobs in the United States since 2011, opting instead to contract with third-party companies in other countries. After a one-day strike, AT&T agreed not to require technicians to perform work assignments outside of their expertise. The workers on strike are members of the CWA.
After almost four months of bargaining, AT&T wireless workers are striking to end AT&T's assault on its employees and protect good jobs at America's largest telecom company.
At the same time, the company rakes in $1 billion in profits a month, the union says. He said AT&T sales workers were well paid by industry standards, citing an average of over $68,000 in annual pay and benefits, roughly twice the figure for retail workers as a whole, according to PayScale, a company that tracks salary data.
An estimated 21,000 wireless phone service workers nationwide at AT&T voted in early February to authorize a strike as their contract expired. Our message is clear: fair contract or strike. Richardson said he expects about 100 to 200 workers to walk a picket line outside 1 Powell St., AT&T's flagship retail store in the city, Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.
CWA Upstate New York Area Director Debbie Hayes says workers want a fair deal.
The union is demanding wage increases greater than the paltry 2 percent per year hike offered by the company-this wouldn't even make up for increases in health care costs. Jared Pratt is a worker who walked out.
CWA Local 2006 represents local communications workers with AT&T.