AT&T workers in Hawaii join nationwide strike over contract agreement

Reuters

Thousands of AT&T workers across the Bay Area were expected to join in a nationwide, three-day-long strike that kicked off after their union accused the company of failing to "present serious proposals" during contract negotiations. "We're confident employees will be better off financially in their new contract", he said. The main issues workers want addressed are wage increases, affordable health care, job security against outsourcing and a fair scheduling policy.

Both the company and union members say they've always worked well together.

Landline workers in California and Nevada picketed for a day in March to protest work rules for some in-home technicians and moves to replace US call-center jobs with contractors hired overseas.

The groups concede that while the strike will likely be an inconvenience for customers in the short term, 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".

"Going on strike is a decision that is not made lightly", the CWA said in a message distributed to the workers.

Picketers are at the two stores on Blackstone Avenue, at two tech yards in Fresno and an AT&T office on Van Ness Boulevard, said Delia Molina, secretary/treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 9408. "It's now in AT&T's hands to stand with workers", said Trainor.

Dara Kheang says that since he started as a sales associate at AT&T's Portland store 9 years ago, his effective pay has dropped by more than $5,000. Additional workers in the wireline business in CT and DirecTV workers in California also plan to walk out, the union said. It's the first time wireless workers of the company have walked off work.

AT&T addressed the strike in statement Friday.

"This greedy company makes billions off our backs but continues to try and take from us - demanding more work for less and trying to replace us with low-wage workers at third-party dealers and overseas". Our demands are clear and have been for months: fair contract or strike.

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