As of 3 p.m., the company decided they may close stores for the weekend because they don't have the employees to work, said Don Trementozzi, the union's Local 1400 president. The telco estimates that the striking workers account for about 13 per cent of its total workforce.
AT&T is also the only telecom company with a major union presence in its wireless business, which the company says makes it harder to compete. The strike is only scheduled to last three days.More news: Hayden critical with serious brain damage
A strike may cause many AT&T cell phone retail stores across the nation, including one in Burlington, to temporarily close this weekend. They'll return to work Monday. CWA leaders said that while AT&T brings in almost $1 billion in monthly profits, the company continues to outsource and offshore jobs. The company employs 268,540 workers.
The union representing the workers said this is the first time the wireless workers have gone on strike and it could be one of the largest strikes in USA history. Our demands are clear and have been for months: fair contract or strike. "We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T, but have only been met with delays and excuses". It's about time we stand up to receive better and affordable healthcare, a fair scheduling policy and overall wage increase. The strike at the nation's largest wireless carrier includes thousands of workers in Pennsylvania and tens of thousands nationwide and follows a warning the union gave the company on Wednesday. "Eastern Time on Friday, workers will be off the job and onto picket lines across the country". "I voted yes to authorize a strike because I'm willing to do whatever it takes to show AT&T we're serious".More news: Harry Styles Shares Political Inspirations Behind 'Sign of the Times'
The Unionized workers who are part of the Communications Workers of America, District 9 returned to work a short time later.
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