Up to 40,000 at AT&T plan to walk off job, union says

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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.

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