Business & Finance

Press Releases

NEW JERSEY AT&T WORKERS WALK-OFF THE JOB Workers Launch 3-Day Strike After AT&T Refuses To Present Serious Proposals That Invest in Good Jobs 1st-Ever AT&T Strike Could Close Retail Stores This Weekend

3da4e1c7fef80c129c2b_cwa-stand-up-for-workers.jpg
Communications workers will strike in East Brunswick this weekend. Credits: www.cwaAction.org
3da4e1c7fef80c129c2b_cwa-stand-up-for-workers.jpg

NEW JERSEY:   Today, AT&T workers who are members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) walked off the job in several locations throughout New Jersey. They are protesting AT&T’s failure to present serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future. During the 3-day strike this weekend, a majority of AT&T wireless, wireline and DIRECTV workers fighting for their contracts are expected to be on strike. 

1,000 of these workers live and work in New Jersey – including those in retail, tech and call centers.

Nationwide, the group includes wireless in workers in 36 states and DC; wireline workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut; DIRECTV technicians in California and Nevada, representing four different union contracts. This is the first time AT&T wireless workers have gone on strike, which could result in closed retail stores this weekend.

Sign Up for E-News

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.

Workers are demanding AT&T commit to bargaining that addresses affordable benefits, fair wages and job security. Workers are also protesting AT&T’s pervasive off-shoring of jobs to low-wage contractors, which eliminate good jobs and hurt customer service.

A protest will take place at the following location:

·      East Brunswick:             277 Route 18 South

 

Background:

After nearly four months of bargaining, AT&T wireless workers are striking to end AT&T’s assault on its employees and protect good jobs at America’s largest telecom company. Workers are fighting for wage increases that cover rising healthcare costs, basic job security, affordable healthcare, and a fair scheduling policy. Despite making over a $1 billion a month in profits, AT&T continues to squeeze customers and employees at a time when most Americans believe they are worse off financially than the generation before them.

Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the U.S., closing and downsizing call centers across the country. Rather than keeping those good-paying jobs here at home, AT&T has contracted with third party vendors operating in countries with low wages and weak labor protections. A recent report from CWA shed new light on AT&T’s sprawling web of 38 third-party call centers in eight countries that are driving low wages and compromising quality service for millions of AT&T customers.

At AT&T’s annual shareholder meeting at the end of April, AT&T workers protested the company’s unfair bargaining and announced they had given the company 72-hours’ notice to end their contract extension.

In late March, 17,000 AT&T wireline workers in California and Nevada went on strike to protest the company’s changing of working conditions in violation of federal law. The strike ended when workers won an agreement with the company that it will no longer require employees to do work outside of their expertise and classification. Since a recent merger, 2,300 DIRECTV workers in California and Nevada have been in negotiations for their first contract since April 2016, and hundreds of workers at AT&T East who manage the 911 dispatch system for AT&T have also worked without a contract for over a year.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Edison

Upcoming Events

Thu, February 22, 12:00 PM

American Legion, South Plainfield

Boy Scout Troop 207 Spaghetti Dinner

Food & Drink

Fri, February 23

Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains

Raffle for 4 tickets to "Frozen" on Broadway

Arts & Entertainment

East Brunswick Rabbi Charged with Engaging in Prostitution with a Child

February 19, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Aryeh Goodman, 35, the rabbi from the  East Brunswick Chabad Learning Center has been charged with one count of engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was one of thirty men charged with having sex with the teenager over a four-week period.

According to the New Jersey Jewish News, Goodman ...

New Brunswick Prisoner Reentry Site to Open Tuesday

February 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who has made prisoner reentry programs his major focus, will be on hand Tuesday to open a new site on Livingston Avenue. 

McGreevey runs the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), a nonprofit agency serving court-involved individuals. The opening is set for 11 a.m. at  57 Livingston Avenue, Unit 3, New Brunswick, N.J.

All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast Supporting Edison Boy Scouts Troop 12

February 21, 2018

Edison Boy Scouts Troop 12 is hosting its annual All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast at the Edison Elks Lodge #2487 (375 Old Post Road, Edison) from 8 AM to 12 PM on Sunday, March 4th. Tickets are $7 and are available at the Elks door Sunday morning. You can also purchase tickets online for $8 or make a donation at www.troop12edison.org/p/store.html.

The event — featuring pancakes, sausage, ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...