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Deadline passes, AT&T Mobility workers vote to strike

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Deadline passes, AT&T Mobility workers vote to strike
The sun is rising on a brand new day, and the deadline for signing a new contract between AT&T Mobility and the CWA has expired with no agreement. With a strike already authorized by 85% of  the AT&T Mobility workers represented by the Communication Workers of America, 20,000 workers at AT&T Mobility face the prospect of walking a picket line as soon as today. The vote to strike still needs to be ratified by the CWA executive board. Once that takes place, the union president must agree and then a strike date is set. According to the CWA's bargaining team, very little progress has been reached in talks with management and many more issues need to be resolved. The number 2 carrier said that voting to strike is a normal part of the process of collective bargaining and that it has more unionized employees than any other networker. As we reported earlier, if there is a strike, it would affect sales reps and other employees at AT&T Mobility stores. The 20,000 employees affected work in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, the mid-West and Mountain States and on the West Coast.

source: CWA via BGR

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Maybe they can all Download an Unemployment APP on they'er iPhone...I think and HOPE that At&t goes under!

posted on 08 Feb 2009, 15:49

4. LessthanZach (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Apr 2008)


I used to work for vzw and now work for at&t due to having to move so that my wife and I can go to school. This is my living and how I support our lives in a very expensive city in Ca. Because my wife has no job, if we are to go on strike, then there is a good chance we would have to pack our shit, move back home near our families, quit school and my job, and start all over. The worst part is, I'm not the only one in this position or other bad situations. I hate *people* like you that laugh when huge corporations such as Circuit City go out business and 30,000 lose their jobs in the most ***** economy this country has seen in a long time!! Now you "HOPE" that AT&T goes under because you're a fan boy?!? You need an education, a job, a heart, and a life outside of the internet where all you do is laugh and make mockery of other peoples' misfortunes!

posted on 08 Feb 2009, 16:12

5. amitus (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Well I think this goes to prove how Unions are not the way to go. Here is how this will play out. You will go on strike which may last along time. As you stated above, you can't afford to go on strike, you like everyone else needs to get paid. The people who run the union don't care. They are going to get paid while you don't. You pay them to represent you and while you are collecting food stamps or having to move back in with your parents. Tthey are going to be enjoying a nice meal in their nice house and driving their nice car around. So you guys are probably strking for more money, better woring condictions.... etc. First of all you don't work in a coal mine. You work in either a heated/air conditioned store or call center. Second I am sure you get a fair wage for your work. I know you want more money, but who doesn't? If you haven't noticed the hard economic times things are bad all over. Now is the time to be thankful you have work and not get greedy for more money. Like I said the Union doesn't care, they are gonna get paid either way. Eventually AT&T will end up like GM, Ford and Crystler. The unions are going to suck AT&T dry and you are all going to be without work. If you guys were smart you would vote to get rid of the Union and vote to keep your jobs. Because no matter how much you hate the AT&T Upper management making big$$$. You are going to hate it more if they start firing people because they aren't making enough money. People own business' to make money. If they aren't going to make money they will fire people til they do.

posted on 09 Feb 2009, 12:49

11. piratejb (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)


im in the same situation buddy i will cross the picket lines im the bread winner in my family i choose my family over a union any day. the union screwed up our health benefits were gonna end up paying more every year. i rather not get a raise this year and keep my job keep in mind i dont make a alot of money working in call center. if they really want to help us how about lowering our "union dues" if you make 13 bucks your paying 15 bucks in "dues" so pretty much the more you make the more they take.

posted on 09 Feb 2009, 15:06

12. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Can I get an "AMEN" to any anti-union comments please?! F--- unions! People that join unions are basically paying people (the union bosses) to treat them just like swine! Unions were only beneficial back in the industrial days of this great nation when companies were openly and honestly trying to stick it to each of their employees to churn out one more dollar with less and less overhead. Get with the times people, the unions haven't done a single good thing for any of their members these days.You want an increase in pay, go back to school, get an education and move up in the world! It's because of unions that the major U.S. automakers are in such deep s---. We don't hear any bad news coming from companies like Toyota, Honda, etc that have major plants here in the U.S. and you can literally chock all that up to the fact that none of the foreign automakers with U.S. plants in the states are unionized! And if you don't want to be part of a union, but your particular job forces you to, like working for UPS, etc, THEN GET A NEW JOB! Or since these ARE stiff economic times, keep doing your job quietly and politely and get out the first chance you can.

posted on 12 Feb 2009, 16:12

14. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


First of all numb skull its obvious your inteelegence is what got you laid off, becasue if you read my P.S. Follow up to what I said, I kindly put I and I qoute from below "P.S. I feel bad that people have to suffer for the BAD FINANCIAL decisions At&t makes so that its CEO's can have a new BMW... If they were smart they would invest in something other than a phone that requires people to sell their Soul just to keep there iPhone turned on. Invest a little more than that piss poor network they call 3g in 8 major cities. Quit claiming how good you are and covering yourselves with small print. I dont even have a buisness degree but I can tell a good investment oppertunity when I see one...It appears now at the "stake" AT&T's vision is 20/20, thousand that is...."

posted on 12 Feb 2009, 16:13

15. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Hey here is a guy that can reason...Thanks for the defense here...

posted on 08 Feb 2009, 14:19

2. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


P.S. I feel bad that people have to suffer for the BAD FINANCIAL decisions At&t makes so that its CEO's can have a new BMW... If they were smart they would invest in something other than a phone that requires people to sell their Soul just to keep there iPhone turned on. Invest a little more than that piss poor network they call 3g in 8 major cities. Quit claiming how good you are and covering yourselves with small print. I dont even have a buisness degree but I can tell a good investment oppertunity when I see one...It appears now at the "stake" AT&T's vision is 20/20, thousand that is....

posted on 08 Feb 2009, 15:21

3. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Man papjay.... before you start spouting off your anti-AT&T propaganda, you should learn how to differentiate your there/ their/they're(s) ... In your first post you used the contraction form of "they are" instead of the possessive "their", then in your (not you're) second post you use the location affirmative form of "there" instead of the possessive "their" again... At least have some consistency in your writing.... like seriously, we are talking third grade spelling and grammar here.

posted on 08 Feb 2009, 16:51

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


way to be so silly as to insult grammar on an online blog. you added nothing to the conversation, so why even post? while this is good for me as a vzw rep, its bad for many thousands of people who are in the union and did not want to strike but have no choice. i agree, unions are crap and they stopped caring about the "little people" eons ago. they are now worse than the corperations they work for. its unions that brought down GM, and unions have a strong shackal on att/bell south. which is why you pay the same for the service but get ALOT less for it quality wise. gotta pay the piper.

posted on 08 Feb 2009, 19:17

9. t-won50 (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Jan 2009)


i agree unions suck i work at sprint and thank god we dont have unions. we have enough to worry about 8000 job cuts. it would be nice to get a raise though they have froze our pay for the last 2 years it sucks but it is a good thing that im amazing in sales

posted on 12 Feb 2009, 16:16

16. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Im sorry english teacher how about you go learn somone else in a topic that discusses literature and english grammer, this is about AT&T and politics with unions and buisness decisions...please excuse yourself (is that right?) from the table.

posted on 08 Feb 2009, 17:16

7. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


It is really times like these where people, though they may loathe their jobs, learn to appreciate the fact that they have jobs. I actually work at VZW, and am thoroughly thankful that we're not unionized, because as #5 most eloquently put it, unions are greedy and care only for themselves, and the image that they care about the little guys and gals. I don't hope that AT&T goes out of business, as they are American jobs, and the last thing we need is more domestic companies going out of business. I would love to see less greedy CEO's and other executive management, not just in AT&T, but in every American company. There's 1 word that puts us in this situation... GREED, if it wasn't for greed, this problem would, at the very least, have been minimized. And for #4, best of luck to you, I know what it feels like to have to start all over... not pleasant, and I hope that the agreement works out.

posted on 08 Feb 2009, 19:16

8. VZWEMP (Posts: 142; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i have a friend that works for att. i keep telling him that i hope things work out. from what he told me its about healthcare. i dont know. either way ATT creates jobs for the US and they are a huge corporation. hoping that they go under is just stupid and ill mannered. good luck to any who is affected by this

posted on 08 Feb 2009, 21:54

10. gba2000 (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


This information is incorrect. http://www.cwa-union.org/att/bargaining/bargaining-report-20.html

posted on 09 Feb 2009, 21:44

13. LessthanZach (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Apr 2008)


Yes, and what about it is incorrect? The article you linked to explains nothing but the fact that AT&T still has not come to an agreement with the CWA and that the contract has expired but until word is given it is business as usual. Nothing contradicts what was stated in the article or the discussions here within. There is still the real possibility (more like probability) of a strike. So please explain what is incorrect and why.

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