AT and T workers strike local retail stores

AT&T workers set to walk off the job

AT&T workers set to walk off the job

Wireless workers from 36 states (and DC) will take part in the strike, along with wireline workers from California, Nevada and CT and DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada.

They represent four different union contracts and include wireless workers in 36 states and D.C., the union said.

Johnson believed the strike would not involve those employed at the AT&T call center at The Highlands, and that only AT&T Mobility workers - the cellphone sales clerks at AT&T stores - would be affected.

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The workers are demanding wage increases that cover rising healthcare costs, job security against outsourcing, affordable healthcare and a fair scheduling policy.

That includes the 19,000 line and cable workers in California, Nevada and CT and the DirecTV technicians who will also be walking picket lines over the weekend if they don't get a new contract. In addition, 19,000 wireline workers and DirecTV technicians in California, Nevada and CT are preparing for a strike as well.

"Dallas-based AT&T says it has a contingency workforce" ready in preparation for the walkouts. The union is also protesting what it says are AT&T's "pervasive efforts" to outsource customer support jobs.

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According to the CWA's website the union plans to picket AT&T stores around the country, including one in Austintown, two in Boardman and two in Niles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. - announced today that they will participate in a weekend-long strike in protest of AT&T's failure to provide "serious proposals" for workers.

The union representing the workers said this is the first time the wireless workers have gone on strike and it could be one of the largest strikes in US history. Our message is clear: fair contract or strike.

In Boardman, about 100 workers stood in front of the call center on South Avenue. I'm a single mother and my son is about to graduate.

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"J.R.", chief steward for CWA Local 1000's Retail North Jersey told New Jersey 101.5, "We've put hours hours of work in to help build up this company and provide excellent customer service".

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