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. The strike involves less than 14% of AT&T's workforce, the company said. 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.
CWA reports that "AT&T wireless workers across 36 states and DC" will go on strike, as well as "wire line workers in California, Nevada, and CT and DIRECTV technicians in California and Nevada".
CWA leaders say they're fighting for, among other issues, a "fair wage increase that is enough to cover increased healthcare costs".
In California and Nevada, around 17,000 AT&T workers who provide phone, landline and cable services have been working without a contract for more than a year.
Seven workers at his store would go on strike, according to J.R.
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As of 3 p.m., the company decided they may close stores for the weekend because they don't have the employees to work, said Don Trementozzi, the union's Local 1400 president.
AT&T, meanwhile, said it was prepared for the strike, the Register reported, adding the company has defended its negotiating position.
In a statement emailed to Consumerist, AT&T argued that this strike is "baffling" and in "no one's best interest".
The workers would be joined in their protest by CWA members in AT&T's DirecTV and wireline businesses.
Managers across the country have been spreading misinformation and threatening workers with discipline if they participate in the strike, so strong community and labor support on the picket lines will be essential if a walkout occurs. We're confident employees will be better off financially in their new contracts. AT&T employees claim that once the company changed its commission plan, they started taking home less money.