Mobilization Pushes AT&T in Bargaining

AT&T Local 1298

Members of Local 1298 hold informational picket outside the West Service Road location.

Below: Members of Local 4603 show AT&T that CWAers will weather the storm and get a fair contract. From left: Fionna Rhodes, Julie Varga, and Steward Shomari Conley.

AT&T Local 4603

Bargaining continues for separate contracts covering CWA members at AT&T Midwest, AT&T West, AT&T East and AT&T Legacy.

Bargaining teams are reporting some progress and are calling on members to step up mobilization to show the companies that we're serious about our fight to hold on to the American Dream.

Members from Telecommunications and Technologies locals are walking into work together, and holding weekly rallies and daily inside actions that include stand ups, chants and lots of noise. Nearly every local is participating in "Red Thursdays" and "Black Fridays."

CWA members in California will hold a "Rally for the American Dream" at the State Capitol in Sacramento next week, where CWAers, elected officials and supporters will stand up for good, middle class jobs at AT&T. And in California and Nevada, thousands of CWA members joined in a one-day unfair labor practice strike, protesting a statement by AT&T West management that threatened workers over "union activity."

Across D4, members are showing their determination to win a fair contract. Local 4900 members in Indianapolis wore orange to demonstrate their solidarity and members of Local 4108 in Saginaw, Mich., hold weekly informational pickets.

Members of Local 1298 in District 1 are holding worksite actions at garages across Connecticut and "stand for action" mobilizations at the New Haven call center.

This week, the District 3 bargaining team opened negotiations with AT&T Southeast for a new contract covering 24,000 workers, whose current contract expires Aug. 4.