17,000 AT&T Workers Go On Strike in California & Nevada
After working for nearly a year without a contract, 17,000 AT&T call center workers and technicians have taken to the streets in one of the most widespread labor actions against the multinational telecommunications conglomerate in years.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union said that workers in district 9, which covers California, Nevada and Hawaii, began a grievance strike after AT&T violated contract terms when it forced technicians to do work outside their areas of expertise. The union claims this was done without bargaining as required by federal law.
On Wednesday, the union released a statement saying employees are angry that the company "recently made a unilateral change in job requirements without the agreement of the union." CWA says the issue has been an issue at the bargaining table for months, and they will continue to strike “until a satisfactory settlement can be reached.”
“We are on strike today because AT&T is hurting us all by violating their bargaining obligations with the union,” said Robinson Paiz, a maintenance splicer from Los Angeles who joined the strike, according to KXNT.
“AT&T technicians work around the clock to make sure our customers get the high-quality service they need and depend on, and we are building AT&T’s billions of dollars in profits,” he said.
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