Fri. 8 pm: Local AT&T workers join national walkout

NILES – True to their word, hundreds of local AT&T workers joined thousands nationwide who walked off their jobs at 3 p.m. Friday in a show of solidarity against an employer they said has refused to offer them a new labor agreement.

Renee Rouser, a Communications Workers of America Local 4320 union representative, said unionized employees at the AT&T call center in Boardman, where she works, and dozens of others who work at the company’s retail stores across the Mahoning Valley, are participating in the temporary strike that is set to last through Monday if the two sides cannot come to terms.

“We haven’t even been presented with a contract yet,” Rouser said. “And we’re concerned because what we do know is that they haven’t even been willing to work with us.”

Read more in Saturday’s Tribune Chronicle.