AT&T Southeast workers strike over unfair labor practices

Workers at AT&T Southeast to strike over unfair labor practices

Workers at AT&T Southeast to strike over unfair labor practices

This is the first time since 1983 AT&T employees in Baton Rouge have gone on strike.

CWA filed the charge of unfair labor practice with the National Relations Board, alleging AT&T failed to bargain contracts in good faith, while also sending representatives without authority to make decisions to the bargaining table. The strike includes AT&T employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

"You should also know that we have offered the union terms that are consistent with what other CWA-represented employees have approved in recent contract negotiations; the company has reached 20 fair agreements since 2017 covering more than 89,000 employees".

"But this strike isn't about those economic issues, this is about them not treating us fair at the bargaining table", said Copas.

Friday night, some 22,000 members in nine states prepared to walk off the job.

Copas says they are striking because of unfair labor practices and because they are working without a contract. "However we want AT&T to realize this and be respectful".

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"Our talks have stalled because it has become clear that AT&T has not sent negotiators who have the power to make decisions so we can move forward toward a new contract".

"But we're out here with no contract right now so it leaves a lot of open ends that are kind of scary for the members". They stood near Corporate Way holding signs urging drivers to honk their horns in support of the strike.

While on strike, Fields explained that some customers may experience response delays.

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said the company was prepared for the strike but was surprised that it occurred.

"We will not be at work, we will be standing in protest in front of the AT&T work centers that we represent", Peterson told FOX 5 News.

Pilgreen says they plan to remain on strike until the union calls them back to work. "If we can get someone from [AT&T headquarters] Dallas, not just a figurehead, but someone who can bargain in good faith, then all of this will go away".

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