Davenport AT&T workers join nationwide, three-day strike

Local AT&T workers join national strike

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.

If the walkout happens, it will be the first national strike since the start of the Trump administration.

The weekend strike is being held across 36 states and the District of Columbia and involves an estimated 40,000 union members.

Workers are fighting for affordable benefits, fair wages, job security and outsourcing, according to CWA. Sales commissions for store employees are also a sticking point. In addition, 19,000 wireline workers and DirecTV technicians in California, Nevada and CT are preparing for a strike as well.

In a statement emailed to Consumerist, AT&T argued that this strike is "baffling" and in "no one's best interest".

Richter said AT&T was well prepared for a potential strike.

The strike includes workers in 36 states covered by the AT&T Mobility "Orange" contract, as well as workers at AT&T West, AT&T East in CT and DIRECTV in California and Nevada.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visits a strike picket line May 19 outside the AT&T store at Mall 205 in Portland
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visits a strike picket line May 19 outside the AT&T store at Mall 205 in Portland

It isn't the first strike at AT&T.

Information provided by the CWA states the union represents more than 150,000 workers at AT&T, including 45,000 at AT&T Mobility nationwide; 9,000 at DirecTV and 2,000 at AT&T Internet.

"This may be the largest retail strike in USA history".

Last year, CWA members at Verizon were on strike for 49 days, finally gaining a contract with greater job protections and winning 1,300 new call center jobs. Highlighted in a new report produced by the CWA called "Offshoring Customer Service: How AT&T Lowers Standards for Workers and Consumers through its Global Race to the Bottom", the union claims the company has shed more than 12,000 in-house call center jobs since 2011.

As at most telecommunications companies, AT&T's wireless business is growing faster and is more profitable than its wireline side.

Verizon workers went on strike twice while President Obama was in office, once a year ago and for two weeks in August 2011.

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