37,000 AT&T workers embarked on a three-day strike, demanding a better life

37,000 AT&T workers embarked on a three-day strike, demanding a better life
Close to 37,000 AT&T workers started a three-day strike due to disputes over new contracts. The workers, about 14% of the carrier's total workforce, demand wage increases, job security against outsourcing, affordable healthcare, fair scheduling, and changes in the rate of sales commissions.

Over half of the protesters are working in the wireless segment. They have been joined by employees that work in phone, landline, and cable services businesses in California, Nevada, and Connecticut, as well as DirecTV technicians across California and Nevada. The strike covers 36 states and Washington, D.C.

Some AT&T stores have been closed for the weekend, although the carrier remains largely open for business. The strike is expected to end Monday morning. The last time AT&T had to face a workers strike was in 2012, for a period of two days. The carrier is adamant that it already offers "generous" wage and pension benefit increases, along with healthcare benefits similar to what other unionized employees have accepted.

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source: Fortune

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11 Comments

1. md227a

Posts: 224; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

When worked for At&t in the past, I can say they weren't too generous with wage increases. Easily capped out and then got nothing for years.

2. youlookfoolish

Posts: 192; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Another issue is company owned stores are being converted to authorized retailers.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1793; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I hear tmobile offers uncapped commission...

7. Foxgabanna

Posts: 579; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

AT&T does as well.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just recorded them by my home, and uploaded it to Facebook. Honk if you pass em.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Don't know how they compare to Verizon, but Verizon is commission heavy and if you don't sell well, you don't make much. However if you're good at sales, you can make over $30/hour on the weekend. That was working as a part time employee.

6. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Or you can just get a real job and make over $30/hour 40+ hours a week.

9. Ocr22

Posts: 29; Member since: May 12, 2017

U say it Like if it was that EASY to get 30 dollar an hour job HAHA .... Cmon.. Not here in California .. Um yea that's not how it works. U can have all the degrees and all but to find a job that pays that much aint that easy.

10. epic_ninja420

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Get your MCSA and you can make that all day long.

8. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Ugh. I bet there's 37000 people out there who would love to take their place, and work harder

11. Gawain

Posts: 432; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

What's worse is that CWA only pushed for a three-day walkout so they wouldn't have to dole out strike pay to the RSCs picketing. Total slimeball move. CWA failed them, and when 70% of AT&T is union, and they all have cogent agreements, the problem here wasn't AT&T.

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