17,000 technicians and call centre workers on strike at AT&T

AT&T picket

17,000 workers at AT&T's telephone service group in California and Nevada walked out on strike Wednesday after AT&T change work assignments for both technicians and call centre workers.

There has been no contract between the Communication Workers of American union and AT&T for nearly a year as contract negotiations continue while the previous contract is on a 72 hour rolling cycle.

This is the first major strike at AT&T for several years, but follows a 44 day strike last year at Verizon by over 30,000 workers during which there were several allegations of sabotage.

At the moment there was no end date to the strike.

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Mike Harman
Mar 22 2017 23:51


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Mar 23 2017 00:25

"All AT&T West District 9 Locals in CA and NV are on a grievance strike over the company's violations of the previously negotiated job duties of the Premises technicians. This same issue has been a subject at the bargaining table for months and the Company has recently made a unilateral change in job requirements without the agreement of the Union. The Union has tried to resolve this issue with the Company over several days. Locals will continue to be on strike until a satisfactory settlement can be reached. Members are advised to call their Local union for instructions. AT&T's greed continues to hurt worker and customers."

--- CWA District 9 Mobilization

Mar 23 2017 02:19

No details at this moment

"Attention!! All Local ..... AT&T Core Contract Members in all titles.
There is a settlement to our grievance Strike. THE GRIEVANCE STRIKE IS OVER!"

Chilli Sauce
Mar 23 2017 17:34

Thanks for this. As far as I know, this hasn't been covered in the mainstream British media at all, so keep the updates coming.

Mar 24 2017 02:38
AT&T’s CWA-represented California, Nevada wireline workers settle strike

by Sean Buckley | Mar 23, 2017 11:56am

Communications Workers of America (CWA) said that 17,000 AT&T wireline technicians and call center employees in California and Nevada will return to work Thursday after walking off the job Wednesday morning in protest of the company’s actions.

As part of an agreement settled late Wednesday night between the CWA and AT&T management, the company will no longer require technicians to perform work assignments outside of their expertise and classification.

“We stand together in California and Nevada for good jobs and fair pay,” said Robert Longer, an AT&T technician in Sacramento. “We went on strike to demonstrate to the country that we will not do more work for less pay, especially when it puts us in a position not to deliver the best possible service.”

AT&T also confirmed the end of the short strike in an e-mail to FierceTelecom.

“The brief grievance strike has been resolved and employees are returning to work today,” an AT&T spokesman said in a statement to FierceTelecom.

RELATED: 17,000 AT&T wireline workers in California, Nevada go on strike

On Wednesday, workers at AT&T call centers and offices throughout California and Nevada picketed at dozens of locations across the two states with major picket lines in Los Angeles, Reno, Fresno, Sacramento, Bakersfield, Carson City, Tustin, San Diego and San Francisco.

Negotiations for a new contract that covers 17,000 AT&T landline and broadband workers in California and Nevada continue.

Additionally, about 2,200 DirecTV satellite and warehouse workers in California and Nevada who joined CWA in April 2016 are in negotiations with AT&T for a first contract. CWA said the workers are “growing increasingly frustrated with the company’s attempts to shortchange California and Nevada working families and communities.”

In related news, AT&T said on its union negotiation site that AT&T Midwest will begin early negotiations this week with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council T-3 for a contract covering nearly 5,000 wireline employees located primarily in Illinois and northwestern Indiana.

The IBEW employees covered under the contract are members of IBEW Local 21 in Illinois and northwestern Indiana, and of other IBEW locals spread across the country. The contract expires on June 24, 2017. These negotiations are expected to cover wages, benefits, pension and work rules.