AT&T workers in the Tennessee Valley are joining others across the Southeast in a strike.
AT&T is negotiating contracts for its Southeast employees, but the union, Communication Workers of America (CWA), says the company sent people to negotiate with them who did not have the authority to make deals.
Outside Plant Representative for CWA Local 3905, David Anderson, said, “We’re having trouble getting AT&T to send folks there that were able to make decisions and bargain in good faith, so that’s why we’re out here. This will be the fourth day.”
The union workers are protesting what they say are unfair labor practices and have been on strike since Saturday. They say they will hold up their picket signs however long it takes to get fair treatment.
In a statement, CWA Local 3905 President, David Betz, said, “It is not our intent to put any undue hardship on AT&T’s customers, however, the company must know their employees deserve fair negotiations!!”
Read the full statement here.