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AT&T workers go on three-day strike

AT&T workers go on three-day strike

The strike involves less than 14% of AT&T's workforce, the company said.

CWA said that the anticipated AT&T strike would last three days and would include AT&T Mobility employees in 36 states and the District of Columbia; wireline workers in California, Nevada, and CT; and DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada. AT&T employees claim that once the company changed its commission plan, they started taking home less money. "As a retail worker, I know that my store and many others across the country could close and disrupt service, but our strike is about demanding conditions that allow us to provide better service for customers too".

"This is the largest walkout in the US since Verizon workers went on strike past year".

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Update: As of 3 pm EDT on Friday, 40,000 AT&T employees have gone on strike.

AT&T Mobility is one of the single largest retail workforces with union representation anywhere in the U.S. numerous 100,000 members are recently organized after CWA scored victories under "bargaining to organize" agreements with the company, which allowed for speedy representation elections.

With over 200,000 employees in the U.S, AT&T is the country's largest telecom company.

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During a three-day strike this weekend, a majority of AT&T wireless, wireline and DIRECTV workers fighting for their contracts are expected to be on strike.

Dealing with the strike and its effects on the labor market would fall on the shoulders'of Alexander Acosta, who was confirmed as the US labor secretary less than a month ago.

In Boardman, about 100 workers stood in front of the call center on South Avenue. "We're all family, whether you're a union member or not", an AT&T spokesman said. But the company is under increasing pressure on Wall Street to cut costs, as revenue in both its older wired telephone business as well as the once-fast-growing wireless unit have declined. It has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the United States since 2011, representing more than 30 percent of its call center employees, and closed more than 30 call centers.

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Another key issue is job security protections. But under the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, sitting US presidents can unilaterally intervene in strikes or even potential strikes that they claim could create a "national emergency" and order workers to end their walkouts and return to work.


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