Beginning at 3pm, Friday, May 19, 2017, AT&T workers, members of Communication Workers of America (CWA) , supported by allies in Jobs with Justice, teachers, 1199SEIU, United Steel Workers, Boston School Bus Drivers, a representative from the Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee, and other unions, picketed the AT&T mobile retail store at 699 Boylston St in Boston, cheering AT&T employees / CWA members as they walked out on strike, their union having been at the bargaining table for months.

The 3pm walk-out initiated a 3 day strike , joining with 40,000 striking workers from coast to coast, demanding AT&T, which is the largest telecom company in the country which brings in nearly $1 billion a month in profits, come to the negotiating table with proposals that provide for affordable benefits, fair wages and job security.

CWA is demanding that AT&T cease and desist it’s pervasive outsourcing of jobs to low-wage contractors, which eliminates good jobs and hurts customer service. Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the U.S., closing and downsizing call centers across the country. Rather than keeping those good-paying jobs here at home, AT&T has contracted with third party vendors operating in countries with low wages and weak labor protections.

Many AT&T wireless workers across 36 states and DC joined picket lines in the 3 day strike, along with wireline workers in California, Nevada, and Connecticut, and DIRECTV technicians across California and Nevada.

Photo by Howard Rotman
AT&T Workers Launch Massive Strike
Workers walked off the job in the largest labor stoppage since 39,000 Verizon workers struck last year.
By Cora Lewis

More than 35,000 AT&T employees walked off the job Friday after contract negotiations stalled with the telecom giant over issues of off-shoring, pay, and benefits.

The unionized workers are asking that AT&T commit to bargaining that covers rising healthcare costs, job security against outsourcing, and fair scheduling policies. They also object to changes to the company’s commission system that they said have reduced their pay.

Represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA), the workers plan to strike for three days, beginning with picket lines Friday afternoon in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and other cities across the country.

“This is a warning to AT&T,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District 1 in a statement. “There’s only one way out of this now — a fair contract.”

The employees primarily staff the company’s retail stores and call centers but include some technicians and wireless workers from DirectTV, an AT&T subsidiary. A spokesperson for AT&T, Marty Richter, said the company “is prepared, and we will continue working hard to serve our customers.”

“What’s most important is we’re all family, whether you’re a union member or not,” he wrote in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “Like any family, we have our disagreements, but we’ll sort them out.”

Richter said the striking workers represent less than 14% of the company’s total workforce. He wrote that “a strike is in no one’s best interest” and that “it’s baffling as to why union leadership would call one.”

AT&T, the country’s largest telecom, employs more than 200,000 workers. Richter said that some striking employees “average from $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation” and that the company has reached 29 agreements since 2015 covering over 128,000 employees.

“We’re confident we can do the same here,” he wrote.

This is the largest strike since 39,000 Verizon workers, also represented by CWA, struck last year.

mr-marvel-hipster  asked:

You were part of the inspiration for me to start backing Bernie Sanders. But now his campaign is in trouble due to a staffer accessing confidential info about the Clinton camp, and the DNC is limiting their access. Does he still have a chance now?

Well, first of all, everyone needs to understand that the DNC is straight up an arm of the Clinton campaign, and the committee, under Wasserman-Schultz (who co-chaired Clinton’s last campaign) has gone to extraordinary lengths to make this primary a coronation of Hillary Clinton. The biggest thing they’ve done is limit debates, and scheduled those debates on weekends and around holidays when the audience will be smallest. They did this at the request of the Clinton campaign.

So it doesn’t surprise me, at all, that the day after Bernie Sanders becomes the first ever candidate to be endorsed by Democracy For America, crosses two million individual donors, and is endorsed by the Communications Workers of America, the DNC – an arm of the Clinton campaign – takes the entire news cycle away from the Sanders campaign, and causes all the extremely good news about Sanders surging in polls, fundraising, and endorsements, and – just like Karl Rove – attacks Sanders where he is much stronger than Clinton: honesty and trust.

Okay, having said all of that: His campaign doesn’t appear to have done anything wrong, and in fact it looks more and more like the DNC vendor failed to secure the information in question. It also appears that the IT people who were working for the Sanders campaign actually brought this information to the DNC in October, and instead of securing their system and keeping it secure, someone at the DNC took this story to the press. Gosh. I wonder why.

I recall someone, (maybe Joe Trippi, who ran Howard Dean’s campaign) saying that we would know that the DNC and the Establishment are legitimately threatened by Sanders and his campaign when they start attacking him. This entire thing is clearly a coordinated attack, so we know that not only can he win, we know that they are afraid he is going to win.

Stand in Solidarity with Striking Verizon Workers

Tomorrow, May 5th 2016, striking Verizon workers with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have called a national day of action. From the event description:

“Nearly 40,000 workers from Massachusetts to Virginia are still on strike at Verizon. They’re determined to do whatever it takes to stop the outsourcing of good jobs and protect the benefits that workers and retirees have earned. On May 1st, Verizon cut off health care coverage for these workers and their families, leaving tens of thousands of families and children exposed. The company did not have to do this, they chose to. 

“Verizon continues to put corporate profits ahead of working families. They’ve refused to bargain in good faith and their scare tactics continue to fail. Tomorrow, May 5th, Verizon’s corporate executives will meet with shareholders to discuss one thing – their bottom line.”

Richmond City has three Verizon Wireless stores, at the following addresses: 7720 West Broad Street, 11591 West Broad Street, and 11409 Midlothian Turnpike. To RSVP to join the picket line of a wireless store near you, use this form.

Bernie’s a uniquely inspiring candidate. I wish there were more candidates with his legislative experience, voting record, and long-time independence from the two-party system, but there aren’t. An independent with an admirable record of integrity joining the Democrats at the best possible moment presents a unique opportunity for change.

Anything that increases visibility is a net positive. Musicians supporting Bernie gets music publications writing about Bernie more, it familiarizes music fans with Bernie as a candidate. Worst case scenario: some Vampire Weekend fans who won’t vote for Bernie came through. At least they saw the rally and heard him speak.

(People in the front row at the Washington Square Park rally) were mostly middle-aged men (members of the Communications Workers of America, who had gone on strike against Verizon), and when we came out they were yelling for ‘Freebird’ and Zeppelin. I loved seeing them though. I’m the son of a New York City union member and a former member of the teacher’s union myself.

—  Ezra Koenig on Bernie Sanders, performing at the NYC rally and the biggest difference at the rally in Washington Square Park (via Bernie Sanders’ NYC Campaign Is Like Pitchfork Come to Life on Wired)
Bernie Sanders' Campaign Just Got A Big Boost
WASHINGTON -- The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he says presumed frontrun

WASHINGTON – The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he says presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton made it an easy call.

Larry Cohen, outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America, told The Huffington Post he will serve as an unpaid volunteer stumping for Sanders as the Vermont senator seeks the Democratic nomination. One of the main factors in his decision, Cohen said, was Clinton’s equivocation on granting President Barack Obama so-called fast-track authority on his mammoth trade deal.

“I did everything I knew how to do to get Clinton to speak out on fast track, and she wouldn’t,” said Cohen, whose 10 years leading CWA came to an end in June. “We begged her to speak out.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, representing the Establishment and forsaking the middle class at every opportunity.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 23rd congressional district, a member of the Democratic Party and the Chair of the Democratic National Committee has taken a lot of heat lately for her and the Democratic National Committees unwavering support for Establishment Candidate Hillary Clinton.

It turns out, that even BEFORE a single vote was cast this year, the DNC had made up their minds for ALL OF US, and pledged to do anything in their power to bring Hillary Clinton and their corporate interests into power.

“August 2015, the Democratic Party Convention in Minneapolis, 33 Democratic State Parties made deals with the Hillary Clinton Campaign and a joint fundraising entity called “The Hillary Victory Fund” and allowed for her core Billionaire and inner circle individual donors to run the maximum amount of money allowed through those state parties to the Hillary Victory Fund in New York and the DNC in Washington” -counterpoint

It seems Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC believe they not only know better than us, but that OUR VOICES DON’T MATTER. She votes with the Republicans across the board, and is as un Democratic as it gets. Its time to make a change..

This year, we get the chance to do just that…

Tim Canova stands by Bernie on all major issues, and is giving Debbie a run for her money this election season. He is a huge supporter of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and has spoken out in favor of Criminal Justice Reform, and to end the institutional racism that has become soo painfully obvious to all of us in the recent years.

-Tim Canova believes in campaign finance reform, and getting money out of politics. He openly criticizes and condemns the two party dependence on Wall Street Funding.

-He’s speaks out in support of the LGBT community and the right for same sex marriage.

-He opposes the TPP and strongly criticizes Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s never ending support of agreements that hurt the American Worker and Middle Class. The list goes on and on..

Two of the nations largest unions the Communication Workers of America and National Nurses United, have endorsed Canova.

It’s time, we the 99% say enough is enough and make our voices heard. Do some research into Tim Conova and the current DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The facts will speak for themselves.

I support Tim Canova, because REAL CHANGE starts from the ground up.