August 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel ( Source: cwa-union.org)
Bedminster, NJ – After working almost three weeks under an expired contract, AT&T’s Internet support staff voted overwhelmingly Aug. 11 to authorize a strike.
The Communications Workers of America, which represents about 2,000 of the company’s Internet technicians, call-center workers, and tech-support staff, said 92% voted to strike if a new National Internet Contract can't be negotiated. The contract has been extended and talks continue, but the union said “bargaining is tough” because AT&T is “taking a hard line against workers' key bargaining issues, including a fair increase in wages and benefits.” “AT&T is a very successful company, leading the telecommunications and video industry. Our members have helped build that success. It’s our turn, and it’s time for AT&T to deliver a contract that gives workers at NIC our fair share,” CWA Telecommunications and Technologies Vice President Lisa Bolton said in a message to members after negotiations began June 27. Read more