Striking Workers Could Close AT&T Stores in New Jersey


Striking Workers Could Close AT&T Stores in New Jersey
  1. Striking Workers Could Close AT&T Stores in New Jersey
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    AT&T Mobility workers in New Jersey will join union employees in 36 states in a three-day strike unless an agreement is reached on Friday afternoon. Continue…
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Son of an AT&T employee prepares for a strike (Unity at AT&T Mobility)

CRANFORD — AT&T Mobility workers in New Jersey will join union employees in 36 states in a three-day strike unless an agreement is reached on Friday afternoon.

Members of CWA Local 1000, including wireless network technicians and employees of over 20 corporate AT&T and Cricket stores and call centers in New Jersey, will begin a three-day strike at 3 p.m. unless the sides reach an agreement, Dennis Trainor, vice president of CWA District 1, said in a statement.

Trainor said all employees will return to work on Monday at the start of their scheduled shift.

AT&T store in FlemingtonAT&T store in Flemington (Bob Williams, Townssquare Media NJ)

“AT&T is facing the possibility of closed stores for the first time ever. Our demands are clear and have been for months: fair contract or strike. It’s now in AT&T’s hands to stand with workers,” said Trainor.

The contract between workers and AT&T ended in January and negotiations have continued.

“This greedy company makes billions off our backs but continues to try and take from us – demanding more work for less and trying to replace us with low-wage workers at third-party dealers and overseas. It’s time to show them we’re not going to sit back and take it,” Trainor write on the union’s Facebook page.

Last year, AT&T made a profit of $13.3 billion. The company employs 268,540 workers.

“J.R.,” chief steward for CWA Local 1000’s Retail North Jersey told the Townsquare News Network, “We’ve put hours hours of work in to help build up this company and provide excellent customer service. It’s about time we stand up to receive better and affordable healthcare, a fair scheduling policy and overall wage increase. We’re more frustrated than ever with AT+T that they refuse to come to the bargaining table with serious proposals that protect our good jobs.”

Seven workers at his store would go on strike, according to J.R.

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said the company is prepared for a work stoppage and has management and vendors in place at their retail locations.

“We’re prepared, and we will continue working hard to serve our customers,” Richter said.,

“Our network is among the most technologically sophisticated in the world, allowing us enormous flexibility in operations,” Richter said. “We have the ability to service customers’ calls by routing them among available call centers across our network.

“A strike is in no one’s best interest, and it’s baffling as to why union leadership would call one when we’re offering terms in which our employees in these contracts – some of whom average from $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation – will be better off…

Son of an AT+T employee prepares for a strike
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