AT&T WORKERS STRIKE FOR A FAIR CONTRACT & AGAINST OUTSOURCING
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