AT&T workers go on three-day strike

The strike includes DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada.

AT&T wireless workers across 36 states and Washington, D.C. will join picket lines, as will wireline workers in California, Nevada and CT, and DIRECTV technicians across California and Nevada, a news release from Communications Workers of America says.

The email stated contract negotiations affect less than 14 percent of AT&T employees.

Marty Richter, a spokesman for AT&T, told Channel Partners that the company offered the workers increases in wages and pensions and health care benefits. They're outsourcing call centers, shipping them overseas, paying $2 or $3 an hour.

In California and Nevada, around 17,000 AT&T workers who provide phone, landline and cable services have been working without a contract for more than a year.

Around 40,000 workers are participating in the strike. The workers on strike are members of the CWA.

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About 500 AT&T workers are striking right now in Evansville. That stoppage slowed Verizon's network investment slightly during the second quarter, according to analysts, and ended with agreements that a union representative described as "an incredible victory" for the workers.

Vermont Business Magazine AT&T workers who are members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) walked off the job today in Vermont, Northern New England and across the nation.

AT&T workers are expected to picket outside their stores throughout the weekend, including on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile.

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to reflect a strike deadline of 3 p.m. Friday. "All we want is a fair contract", said Roland Andersen, a union vice president on strike in San Francisco Friday afternoon.

The company maintains a highly punitive sick leave and time-off policy, which can lead quickly to termination for employees unless their sickness is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Those employees have been without a contract since February.

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