About 37,000 AT&T workers go on three-day strike

An AT&T sign is seen outside a branch in Rolling Meadows
An AT&T sign is seen outside a branch in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, U.S., October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

May 19, 2017

(Reuters) – About 37,000 AT&T Inc <T.N> workers, or less than 14 percent of the company’s total workforce, began a three-day strike on Friday after failing to reach an agreement with the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier over new contracts.

This is the first time that AT&T wireless workers are on strike, which could result in closed retail stores during the weekend, according to the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union. The workers on strike are members of the CWA.

The workers are demanding wage increases that cover rising healthcare costs, job security against outsourcing, affordable healthcare and a fair scheduling policy.

Slightly over half of the workers on strike are part of the wireless segment and the rest wireline workers, including a small number of DirecTV technicians, AT&T spokesman Marty Richter told Reuters.

The CWA had said on Wednesday that wireless workers across 36 states and Washington, D.C. would walk-off their jobs if an agreement was not reached by Friday 3 p.m. ET.

Wireline workers, who work in phone, landline and cable services businesses in California, Nevada, and Connecticut, and DirecTV technicians across California and Nevada have also joined the strike. http://bit.ly/2riWfeB

“A strike is in no one’s best interest, and it’s baffling as to why union leadership would call one when we’re offering terms in which our employees in these contracts … will be better off financially,” Richter said.

The groups on strike represent four different union contracts, the CWA said.

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

(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Anjali Athavaley in New York; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

  • Bill Jr

    An At&T Representative Said, ‘Don’t Worry 95% of Our Staff Are In Third World Countries Working Hard To Fill All of Your Service and Support Needs In Broken English That You Can Rarely Understand As Usual.

  • Shane Norkus

    As Reagan did with the Air-Traffic Controllers, FIRE them all and replace them with people willing to work.

  • stopdaBS

    How could I tell? Their service sucks.

  • Who Cares

    How many jobs lost…nice going unions!

  • Sam Washington

    The union at AT&T wireless has scammed their members. Let’s see how many will lose their jobs over this.

  • Connie Mack Moran

    you knew this was coming. ATT&T is out marketed by “Voice Over internet Phones” Ooma is just one.