Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T this weekend

Reuters

The striking groups - which walked off the job around 3 p.m. - represent four union contracts and include wireless workers in 36 states and Washington, D.C., as well as wireline workers in California, Nevada and CT, and DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada. Hundreds of the striking wirefline technicians, call center representatives, DIRECTV workers and wireless workers from Las Vegas picketed in front of an AT&T wireless store located at 325 N. Nellis Blvd., starting at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Verizon Wireless workers, who went on a 49-day strike a year ago, are being urged to join the picket lines in support of their fellow union workers.

"This involves less than 14 percent of our employees", Richter said.

The union estimates that as many as 12,000 call center jobs have been shipped overseas since 2011.

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

Brandie Irwin walked the picketline Friday in Roseville, Minn., one of about 600 Minnesotans and tens of thousands of AT&T employees nationwide who walked off the job in a three-day strike.

Workers will return to their jobs on Monday and the union is hoping to return to the bargaining table with the company.

AT&T, the country's largest telecom, employs more than 200,000 workers. We're confident employees will be better off financially in their new contracts.

The remainder of the strikers work primarily within AT&T's wireline division, which includes its traditional phone business as well as wired broadband services.

Wireless service still powers the lion's share of AT&T's profits as the market for fixed telephone lines and satellite service wanes. The union represents 40,000 AT&T Mobility workers.

In a statement emailed to Consumerist, AT&T argued that this strike is "baffling" and in "no one's best interest".

They expect workers and members of the public at each location, Trementozzi said.

AT&T emailed a statement on Wednesday only saying they would be prepared in the event of a strike.

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