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

Others are employed in call centers spread out across the country. The Communications Workers of America labor union, which represents the work, has given AT&T until this afternoon to reach a deal.

Union bargaining across AT&T Mobility is split up across different regions of the country, with different contracts covering different states. "And we have a number of ways for our customers to receive products and services from us - strike or no strike".

It's now in AT&T's hands to stand with workers or at 3 p.m.

"We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T, but have only been met with delays and excuses", said Dennis Trainor, vice president of CWA District 1. "This is why Spectrum is offering our field technicians an even larger pay increase than the union has demanded along with competitive and robust health care and retirement benefits", a Charter spokesman said.

"So far, there's been nearly no movement on that", CWA member and AT&T employee Whitney Horky said. We're the only major wireless company with a unionized workforce.

The employees' contracts expired February 11, and the union on Wednesday notified the company of the planned strike.

"This may be the largest retail strike in USA history". The company reported $13 billion in profits in the same year. The company has "a substantial contingency work force of well-trained managers and vendors in place", he said in an email, as well as the ability to reroute calls to unaffected call centers. They are also protesting the company outsourcing jobs. In recent years, the call center has employed about 400.

"We're hoping AT&T will look at all the circumstances and look how important we are".

While the three-day strike may inconvenience customers in the short term, AT&T workers are committed to putting an end to unnecessary frustration and poor service because of AT&T's lack of investment in its core business.

As potentially the first national strike of Trump administration, it remains to be seen how the White House would respond if a walkout occurs. In the Buffalo region, local CWA members set up picket lines outside the AT&T store on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst.

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