AT&T Workers Strike for Justice
August 7, 2012 11:45 am
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is reporting that AT&T workers went on strike today in California and Nevada over workers’ rights violations by the company and a failure to reach an agreement on their contract (expired since April 8th).
From the LA Fed’s release:
Today members of the Communications Workers of America at AT&T West have called an unfair labor practice strike and are off the job and on picket lines across California and Nevada. CWA represents approximately 18,000 workers at AT&T West. Frustration over AT&T’s repeated violations of workers’ rights has prompted today’s Unfair Labor Practice strike.
“Contract negotiations are never easy,” said CWA District 9 Vice President Jim Weitkamp. “But when AT&T violates the law repeatedly, the process really can’t work. Given AT&T’s record profits, tax breaks and jaw-dropping executive compensation, there is no reason for them to insist on lowering the standard of living of a single worker.”
In months of contract negotiations, AT&T has demanded major concessions from workers on health care, job security, scheduling, sick leave, disability, and pensions. Members have been working under an expired contract since April 8.
Stay tuned for more on this important fight as developments continue and click here for updates.