Johnson believed the strike would not involve those employed at the AT&T call center at The Highlands, and that only AT&T Mobility workers - the cellphone sales clerks at AT&T stores - would be affected.
He said the contracts at issue Friday cover a small portion of the company's 265,000-person workforce. The wireline and DirecTV workers have been without a new contract for over a year and held a one-day strike in March.
Workers are also frustrated that they are being asked to pay more of their health-insurance costs, he added, and that changes in retail workers' commissions have limited or reduced their take-home pay.
Picketers are at the two stores on Blackstone Avenue, at two tech yards in Fresno and an AT&T office on Van Ness Boulevard, said Delia Molina, secretary/treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 9408.
According to Dennis Trainor, vice president of CWA District 1, "AT&T is underestimating the deep frustration wireless retail, call center and field workers are feeling right now with its decisions to squeeze workers and customers, especially as the company just reported more than $13 billion in annual profits". It's about time we stand up to receive better and affordable healthcare, a fair scheduling policy and overall wage increase.
Their walkout started early Friday afternoon, and it's the first time AT&T wireless workers have gone on strike. Our demands are clear and have been for months: fair contract or strike.
Out on Long Island, Teamsters Local 812 members went on strike April 23, when the company cut drivers' wages by 30% and ended the workers' pension. We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T but have been met with delays and excuses.
The CWA was involved in a 45-day strike previous year by 40,000 Verizon wireline workers that ended in June. "Even my son will be out there with me".
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