The Fairfax Times featured a story about AT&T Mobility workers' fight for a fair contract, including comments from Jeff Schmidt, a retail sales consultant in Fairfax, Va.:
Schmidt joined a group of 10 AT&T employees, including seven retail workers, two call center workers, and a technician, from around the U.S. on Sept. 6 to brief members of Congress on their dispute with their employer.
"We asked them to call [AT&T CEO and President] Randall Stephenson or send him a letter to ask them to come back to the bargaining table and give their workers a fair contract," Schmidt said. "They're not providing information to our bargaining team so we can negotiate a fair contract, and it goes from wages to our benefits, days off, things like that. They’re not offering really anything for us."
The workers met with Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in person and talked to staffers for several other congressional representatives, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).
"That’s not acceptable," the Vermont senator wrote. "I stand with the CWA union members and all workers across the United States."