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Union Authorizes Strike Against AT&T

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Feb 6, 2009, 3:50 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Members of the Communications Workers of America voted in support of a strike against AT&T Mobility, which employs about 20,000 of the union members. The CWA is renegotiating its contract with AT&T and there are concerns over how changes in compensation and working conditions requested by the CWA are being/not being met by AT&T. The CWA says that little progress has been made to resolve the issues, and its current contract expires at midnight on February 7. Any strike initiated by the CWA against AT&T would need to be approved by the CWA's executive board.

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CorporateATT

Feb 10, 2009, 3:57 PM

We're entering a recession...don't be a fool and strike...

Please.

Those employees who are non-union are eligible to be placed in different locations throughout the country to assist with the strike. You could be based in Florida and forced to go to Michigan. You will be required to work 32 hours a week; not a big deal. However, you will STILL be required to do your NORMAL job. Yes, those filling in will be required to work 72 hours a week during the strike. They will not get additional pay. They did not get pay raises in 2009...and let's not forget the week's worth of vacation they lost in the merger. But since they are not part of a union but instead the backbone of the organization, they are REQUIRED to go fill in. Whether you are single, married, one kid, five kids, divorced or widow...
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attmobility

Feb 7, 2009, 9:13 AM

SO WHAT IF WE WANT TO STRIKE

It is not our fault that people have crappie jobs or don’t even have a Job…WE do and we want more for putting up with customers like you people so get over it.

So we have a job were we can strike and you don’t get over it….

Sorry you make minimum wage!!! Whose fault is that you took the job.

No matter what anyone says if you could strike to get more for your family you would just because you took some job were you ask do you want fries, or any job that is cutting back or even if you lost your job SORRY choose better next time.

PS: IM A COR STORE REP and dont care what any one of you people think
thats what im talking about homes...I could care less about people out thier that dont have jobs, im a COR employee too, and all I care about is me and my family. We are striking so we dont loose our jobs and make the economy worse, the company is rai...
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attmobility said:
It is not our fault that people have crappie jobs or don’t even have a Job…WE do and we want more for putting up with customers like you people so get over it.

So we have a job were we can strike
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Go for it man! Strike on! Unity!

Then, when all the employees go on strike, and customers say WTF, I'm going to T-Mo, AT&T will have mass exodus of customers, their incomes will drop, and the company will have to shut their doors. You'll be out ...
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you make me sick. really. you are why foreigners hate americans.
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damn right
attmobility said:
It is not our fault that people have crappie jobs or don’t even have a Job…WE do and we want more for putting up with customers like you people so get over it.

So we have a job were we can strike
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I also a cor store employee, the fact is ATT and wants to take away everything cause of the state of economy an cause they think they can. They want to give us vacation with NO PAY.. Who would stand for that ? Thank god we have the union and you bitte...
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and i can assure you that reps of other wireless companies don't care about what you think either. having come from the big blue originally, i can say that i hope for a good outcome for my friends there still. but as an indirect verizon rep, i can onl...
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Drunk

Feb 7, 2009, 12:32 PM

Yet another point against AT&T

They screw not just the customers, now the employees and America as a whole.
Good job! Thumbs up
Dude stop atacking things you have no idea about. Att didnt become one of the biggest carriers by screwing everyone. And they arent screwing thier employees either. The employees are trying to screw the company. Thats what unions do, they manipulate t...
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If AT&T is so bad to work for, these people are welcome to go find another job. Nobody is forcing them to work for AT&T. There are MILLIONS of unemployed workers out there who will be more than happy to take their place.
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Drunk said:

And that's why I post, to piss all you fanboys off. I can't piss them off so I'll piss off the fans of at&t.

http://www.phonescoop.com/carriers/forum.php?fm=m&ff ... »
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stevensocal

Feb 8, 2009, 2:43 PM

SLAMMER KNOW THE FACTS BEFORE YOU JUDGE...

Read this Moron's comment...

In this time of economic depression, I find it inconceivable to beg for changes or raises. I have several friends that have been out of work for months that would love to take these peoples places. Rather than strike, be happy you have employment or step aside and let the unemployed take over that would appreciate a paycheck.

FIRST OF ALL I AM A AT&T EMPLOYEE OF A COR STORE, I HAPPEN TO BE A MEMBER OF CWA AND THIS PERSON ABOVE HAS NO IDEA WHAT THEY HECK HE OR SHE IS TALKING ABOUT.

OUR CONTRACT IS UP , WE HAVE TO RENEGOTIATE A NEW ONE. WE AREN'T TRYING TO GET A RAISE, WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP OUR BENEFITS OF WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE. WE ARE ALL AWARE OF THE STATE OF ECONOMY.
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I agree I am a sales rep too
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stevensocal said:
Read this Moron's comment...

In this time of economic depression, I find it inconceivable to beg for changes or raises. I have several friends that have been out of work for months that would love to take these
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durkadurkha

Feb 7, 2009, 10:02 AM

Ronald Reagan STYLE!

i hope at&t FIRES all of its union workers and replaces all of its useless employees in 2 hours with the unemployed! just like Ronald Reagan! that would teach these money hungry strikers a thing or 2!
durkadurkha said:
i hope at&t FIRES all of its union workers and replaces all of its useless employees in 2 hours with the unemployed! just like Ronald Reagan! that would teach these money hungry strikers a thing or 2!
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stevelvl

Feb 9, 2009, 9:38 AM

Why do they strike?

They know that each and every one of them is replaceable so they band together and threaten to grind the entire company to a halt.
taoareyou

Feb 7, 2009, 11:15 AM

With so many people unemployed right now

I don't see this strike sitting well with the general public. Refusing to work because you are not getting a raise and you are having to pay some more for your health care is not an uncommon union move, but doing so in a recession with unemployment on the rise is just really bad timing.

Just because you have a union, doesn't mean you are immune to the reality of the times.

Just because you don't understand the obligations and business strategies required to keep a company growing, does not other's can't either. Didn't AT&T just cut over 20K jobs last year?

A strike is a risk. Apparently it's a risk the members have agreed is worth taking. Is your union going to pay your rent for you while you are not going to work (and as I und...
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taoareyou said:
I don't see this strike sitting well with the general public. Refusing to work because you are not getting a raise and you are having to pay some more for your health care is not an uncommon union move, but doing s
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My main vote for yes is because AT&T wants to remove a paid holiday and wants to remove severence pay.. so if you quit, resign and work until the day you said you would they will not pay you out for accrued unused vacation. Thats ridiculous!!! We al...
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Your opinion not withstanding, it is still going to happen apparently. Let's grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.
Craig19802

Feb 8, 2009, 3:06 PM

Numbers don't lie, companies do

Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. For example, AT&T sold more than 4 million iphones last year, if the lowest plan is $69.99. You do the math; AT&T is not losing money and that is due to quality products and a skilled work force. I understand that a lot of business are making cut and laying workers off. People are angry, but that is why I feel having union representation is so important; together we stand. I am Sales Rep at a company owned store and love what I do so much that they pay me to do it, but I am not open to taking cut where they are not necessary.

I will support the union for now.

The worse part about the recent the contract talks is that they have forced co-workers whom stand together for 40+ hours every week to...
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I to am a SALES REP FOR A COR STORE....

Read the Facts below. I support you Craig19802 all the way to the picket lines.



One of the TOP 10 companies to invest in is screwing over their retail sales employees by trying to break the union an...
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Craig19802 said:
Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. For example, AT&T sold more than 4 million iphones last year, if the lowest plan is $69.99. You do the math; AT&T is not losing money and that is due to quality products a
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stevensocal

Feb 8, 2009, 3:14 PM

HERE'S THE FACTS.... READ THEM and YOU make the CALL.

One of the TOP 10 companies to invest in is screwing over their retail sales employees by trying to break the union and forcing them to now take UNPAID vacations.....

So much for sharing the weatlh....and "trickle" down. This is the beginning of feudalism from the dark ages. Do you think the CEO's will take any cut in pay- not they will have a tremendous pay raise instead.

AT&T (T) sells phones and telecom services. This is a sector that will always be with us. AT&T is now into the business of delivering video to people's homes and data to their cellphones. Both are likely to grow for years. In the final quarter of 2008, AT&T had net income of $2.4 billion on revenue of $31.1 billion. The company has free cash flow of $5.4 billion fo...
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Slammer

Feb 6, 2009, 4:24 PM

This is appauling..

In this time of economic depression, I find it inconceivable to beg for changes or raises. I have several friends that have been out of work for months that would love to take these peoples places. Rather than strike, be happy you have employment or step aside and let the unemployed take over that would appreciate a paycheck.
The CEO of the company said no raises this year due to the company struggling. But he just sold his 3.2 mil shares of AT&T for 11.00 each. what is the sick part is that he apaid nothing for the stock. this compnay is sitting on profit of 10 billion......
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You're appauling, so you think because the economy is bad a company that had revenue profits of 123 BILLION DOLLARS last year can force there employees to pay more for health insurance and not get there annual pay raises?? Lets just let companies wal...
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i dont make nearly as much as a cor store rep in commission. and im the manager of an auth retailer and im not complaining.

this is bullsh!t, simply because unions are bullsh!t.

I could see where unions come in to play with old times for bett...
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While I'm certainly going to stand up to any idiot who says Unions are a bad idea, this particular strike at this particular time is just not terrifically wise.
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It's easy to say the company is sticking it to their employees, but the reality is AT&T employees do not work anywhere NEAR mimimum wage and they have benefits, which puts them comfortably above a significant portion of the workforce.

You don't nee...
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There are points on both sides of the argument. One point is that companies will be trying to cut down any "added" expenses. While top ceo's for the most part will feel less of a pinch than the average union worker in my view of things union worker...
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I think alot of you people that are against the strike dont realize exactly whats going on at at&t, well let me tell you. For the past year at&t has claimed they have grown in the industry and is making all this money but everything they are doing beh...
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partsunknown

Feb 7, 2009, 1:44 PM

Bad Timing

While I support what the Union Members are after, I must agree, this is a bad time for this. I know several people that work for AT&T, they don't even want the strike, so I hope for all their sakes, that the company and the CWA come to some kind of agreement.
Yea it sucks the contract expires tonight at midnight but you have to have another contract as well... we would continue to work if AT&T continued to honor the original contract until one is made but they refuse.
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taoareyou

Feb 6, 2009, 4:08 PM

Good news for agents...

...but bad news for Corporate employees (in the affected states) who will lose wages and commissions during the strike. Confused
Yes Indeed. I work for an agent and my only fear is that customers won't be able to get service when they call in for an issue. I am huge on customer service, so I just hope the people who matter, "customers" dont suffer.

We Shall See
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psycho dramatic7

Feb 6, 2009, 5:43 PM

at&t is a nice company

i couldn't even say that with a straight face Laughing
 
 
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