Up to 40,000 at AT&T plan to walk off job, union says
DALLAS — The Communications Workers of America union says that up to 40,000 AT&T workers have started walking off the job over contract fights with the phone company. They’ll return to work Monday.
That includes 21,000 workers on the wireless side of the company, which the union says raises the prospect that some cellphone stores could be closed thisweekend in Washington, D.C., or one of the 36 states affected. Wireless workers want wage increases, better scheduling and promises from the company to not cut jobs.
Some 17,000 other protesters come from AT&T’s home phone, internet and cable division in California, Connecticut and Nevada. Another 2,000 are Direc TV workers.
A&T says it has a “contingency workforce” ready.