AT&T workers set to walk off the job

Tribune Chronicle

The union that represents AT&T workers said thousands of its members will walk off their jobs at 3 p.m. today to start what could be a three-day strike if the company does not “come up with serious proposals at the bargaining table” by then.

AT&T wireless workers across 36 states and Washington, D.C. will join picket lines, as will wireline workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut, and DIRECTV technicians across California and Nevada, a news release from Communications Workers of America says. The walkout would mark the first time AT&T Mobility workers go on strike, potentially disrupting a large number of retail stores across the country this weekend.

No one from the company could be reached for comment.

Employees at several area AT&T stores, including the one at the Eastwood Mall in Niles, and the call center in Boardman said they plan to join the picket line.

“The clock is ticking for AT&T to make good on its promise to preserve family-supporting jobs. We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T but have been met with delays and excuses. Our message is clear: fair contract or strike. It’s up to AT&T now,” said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor.

Workers have been mobilizing all week, with informational picketing outside call centers and wireless stores, preparing for the strike, national union leaders said.

Locally, workers have posted reminders about the planned walkout on message boards and social media asking customers to show their support by not shopping at AT&T stores.

Workers are fighting for affordable benefits, fair wages, job security and outsourcing, according to CWA.