Health Care

Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T this weekend

Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T this weekend

"Americans are fed up with giant corporations like AT&T that make record profits but ask workers to do more with less and choose to offshore and outsource jobs", said Nicole Popis, an AT&T wireless call center worker in IL.

The wireline and DirecTV workers have been without a new contract for over a year and held a one-day strike in March.

AT&T spokesman Mark Giga issued a statement, saying it's "baffling" as to why union leadership would call a strike.

Union leaders said they have been without a contract since February.

The workers have demanded affordable benefits, fair wages and job security.

About 40,000 AT&T workers might go on strike this weekend. It's now in AT&T's hands to stand with workers or at 3 p.m.

If the AT&T strike goes on for weeks at the time like the Verizon strike, it could result in a disappointing jobs report. "Eastern Time on Friday workers will be off the job and onto picket lines across the country".

"AT&T doesn't want to bargain with us, so we're taking a stand". CWA represents about 150,000 of them. "This is a warning to AT&T: there's only one way out of this now-a fair contract-and we'll settle for nothing less".

In addition to the call center and retail workers, the strikers include more than 15,000 employees on the company's wireline side - which includes landlines and internet service - as well as about 2,000 employees of DirecTV, which the company acquired in 2015.

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.

According to Dennis Trainor, vice president of CWA District 1, "AT&T is underestimating the deep frustration wireless retail, call center and field workers are feeling right now with its decisions to squeeze workers and customers, especially as the company just reported more than $13 billion in annual profits".

Dealing with the strike and its effects on the labor market would fall on the shoulders'of Alexander Acosta, who was confirmed as the USA labor secretary less than a month ago.


  • Deere profit beats on strong farm equipment demand, shares jump

    For the fiscal year 2017, Deere now expects equipment sales to increase by about 9% and third-quarter sales to rise by about 18%. Analysts have forecast fiscal year sales of $24.32 billion, about 5% higher than sales of $23.39 billion in 2016.

    The Russia-Trump Campaign Investigation May Now Be "Considered a Criminal Investigation"

    He also defended his decision to fire Comey last week, saying it was because of his poor performance and popularity. The bipartisan consensus afterward is that the Trump-Russia investigation has taken on a new level of seriousness.

    Oil prices give up earlier gains

    US crude stockpiles have declined for four weeks after reaching the highest level in more than three decades at the end of March. US crude output has grown by over 10% since mid-2016 but didn't let oil prices to surge.
  • President Trump: I Didn't Ask Comey to Drop The Flynn Investigation

    And again, we have to get back to working our country properly so that we can take care of the problems that we have". The House Intelligence Committee asked Thursday for more documents related to Comey's firing.

    Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis: South Korea envoy

    The Security Council is scheduled to hold closed-door consultations on the missile test on Tuesday. If Seoul is troubled by that message, then Beijing must be angered.

    Isaiah Thomas on Wizards: 'We don't like them, they don't like us'

    He was also one of the sparks defensively in that massive third quarter, and he would finish the game with five steals. With two big leads in their loses in Boston, the Wizards still feel as though they can get a victory in Boston.
  • Two killed in USA tornadoes

    The Salvation Army, Red Cross and the Barron County Health and Human Services Departments were working on relief efforts. Possible tornadoes were spotted over Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin , near McLean, Texas, and in Bucklin, Kansas, Tuesday.

    Macron Rejects Sharing Euro Debt, Pledges EU Reforms With Merkel

    Macron also called on the European Union to toughen its policies against countries that flout the rules of global trade. The EU, she said, must become more agile in its procedures and most decisive in its actions.

    Man City says goodbye to legend Zabaleta in home farewell

    Midfielder Fernandinho told reporters after Tuesday's 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion: "He's a top player". The mood was slightly dampened late on when West Brom grabbed a late consolation from Hal Robson-Kanu.
  • Ranieri proud to pass Premier League title to Chelsea's Conte

    We have the same ambition. "It was a key moment in the season because every single player found in this system the best for him". He is the boss, he has driven them from 10th previous year to make them champions and in the end it has been pretty comfortable.

    Princes William and Harry pay tribute to mother's legacy

    The award is a tribute to Princess Diana, whose work "touched the lives of millions", William told the audience. Harry also opened up on kind things Diana would do that inspired himself and his brother to follow suit.

    Derek Jeter, a dream fulfilled

    Carlos Beltran added an RBI double and Carlos Correa lifted a sacrifice fly as Houston improved to 11-3 in its last 14 games. One thing the Yankees know how to do is ceremonies. “Theres rumors out there that Buck suggested I be No. 2, ” Jeter said.