Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Hoffa: Teamsters Stand With AT&T Workers On Strike

Hoffa: Teamsters Stand With AT&T Workers On Strike

Nationwide, the striking groups are made up of 40,000 workers covered by four union contracts, including wireless workers in 36 states and Washington, D.C.; wireline workers in California, Nevada and CT; and DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada.

"We're offering terms in which our employees in these contracts - some of whom average from $115,00 to $148,000 in total compensation - will be better off financially", said Giga.

Hoffa: Teamsters Stand With AT&T Workers On Strike
Hoffa: Teamsters Stand With AT&T Workers On Strike

A one-day strike in March by approximately 17,000 call center and office workers represented by the Communications Workers of Americas in California and Nevada led to rapid contract settlement between the union and AT&T.

The union, the Communications Workers of America, 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. Health care benefits are also at issue, the union president said.

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He said the company was prepared for the strike. Last year, they voted to authorize a strike with more than 95 percent support.

AT&T workers are committed to putting an end to unnecessary frustration and poor service because of AT&T's lack of investment in its core business. "The union wants to empower cell phone store workers to negotiate commissions because at present they are controlled by the company", Richardson said. In addition, 19,000 wireline workers and DirecTV technicians in California, Nevada and CT are preparing for a strike as well.

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Workers at the Boardman AT&T call center and at retail shops on Mahoning Avenue and South Tiffany Boulevard were all on strike, a union spokeswoman said. "We don't think the company realizes just how angry and upset their workers are". "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.

12,000 call center jobs in the United States have been eliminated since 2011 as AT&T has chosen to instead contract with third-party vendors overseas that supply low-wage workers who aren't subject to much weaker labor protections.

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