"The clock is ticking for AT&T to make good on their promise to preserve family-supporting jobs for more than 40,000 workers", CWA District 1 vice president Dennis Trainor said in announcing the ultimatum. If an agreement can't be reached quickly, retail stores in several states will likely shut down this weekend as well.
AT&T workers are on strike across the country, including in Berks County. They said they want to stop the outsourcing of jobs overseas.
Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the USA, while contracting with third-party vendors operating in countries with low wages, the release states.
Thousands of AT&T wireless, wireline, and DirecTV workers who are part of the Communications Workers of America - the largest communications and media labor union in the U.S.
Their walkout started early Friday afternoon, and it's the first time AT&T wireless workers have gone on strike. "This is a warning to AT&T: there's only one way out of this now-a fair contract-and we'll settle for nothing less".
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Out on Long Island, Teamsters Local 812 members went on strike April 23, when the company cut drivers' wages by 30% and ended the workers' pension.
The AT&T workers are the latest workforce to join the picket line. "We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T, but have only been met with delays and excuses".
Union bargaining across AT&T Mobility is split up across different regions of the country, with different contracts covering different states. "I voted yes to authorize a strike because I'm willing to do whatever it takes to show AT&T we're serious".
"J.R.", chief steward for CWA Local 1000's Retail North Jersey told New Jersey 101.5, "We've put hours hours of work in to help build up this company and provide excellent customer service".
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