AT&T Wireless, Wireline and DIRECTV Workers Walk off the Job
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
AT&T Wireless, Wireline and DIRECTV workers who are members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) walked off the job nationwide on Friday. According to a press release, workers are protesting AT&T’s failure to present serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future.
During the 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.
This is the first time AT&T wireless workers have gone on strike, which could result in closed retail stores this weekend and may be the largest strike of retail workers at a national company is U.S. history.
"A strike is in no one’s best interest, and it’s baffling that union leadership would call one when we’re offering terms in which our employees in these contracts – some of whom average from $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation – will be better off financially.
We’re prepared, and we will continue working hard to serve our customers.
What’s most important is we’re all family, whether you’re a union member of not. Like any family we have our disagreements but we’ll sort them out. We’ve reached 29 fair agreements since 2015 covering over 128,000 of our employees, and we’re confident we can do the same here.
We’re offering generous terms in these negotiations including annual wage and pension increases, as well as comprehensive healthcare benefits, similar to what other employees across the country have ratified in other contracts. We’re confident employees will be better off financially in their new contract.
The two contracts together involve only about 13 percent of our employees.
We’re proud to be a union-friendly employer, with more full-time, union-represented employees than any company in America. We’re the only major wireless company with a unionized workforce.
We’ve reached fair agreements with 29 bargaining units since 2015, covering over 128,000 employees.
· Over 20,000 of our CWA-represented employees last month approved an early agreement that includes a commitment to hire 3,000 people in the region, sourced from work that’s currently performed mostly offshore.
· We announced another agreement last month with the IBEW that included an announcement that we’ll be hiring 1,000 people and opening a new call center in Chicago.
· In a press release about the agreement, IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson said “This is a fair and mutually beneficial agreement that helps employer and employee alike. It is a testament to the strong relationship between the IBEW and AT&T and shows the way to building strong labor-management partnerships in the telecommunications industry.”
Saturday & Sunday AT&T Strike Locations:
*NOTE: This list of strike locations is not comprehensive.
Albany, NY – 1762 Central Avenue
Anchorage, AK – 1118 North Muldoon Road
Bakersfield, CA - 4300 Ming Avenue
Boston, MA – 699 Boylston Street
Carson City, NV – 1894 East William Street
Chicago, IL – 600 North Michigan Avenue
Columbus, OH – 1495 Polaris Parkway
Davenport, IA – 3120 E. 53rd Street
Fresno, CA – 6685 N. Blackstone Avenue
Harrisburg, PA – 4920 Jonestown Road
Indianapolis, IN – 8812 US 31 South
Las Vegas, NV – 325 N. Nellis Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA – 350 N San Fernando Road, Burbank
Madison, WI – 3902 East Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN – 2724 Lincoln Drive
New York City – 1330 Avenue of Americas and 82 Wall Street
Philadelphia, PA – 1501 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA – 4030 William Penn Highway
Reno, NV – 1274 E. Plumb Land
Sacramento, CA – 1407 J Street
San Diego, CA – 2011 Camino Del Este North
San Francisco, CA – 1 Powell Street
Seattle, WA – 1501 4th Avenue
Springfield, IL – 2410 West Wabash Avenue
Triadelphia, WV – 405 Cabela Drive
Washington, DC – 1518 Connecticut Avenue