17,000 AT&T workers on strike in California and Nevada

17,000 AT&T workers on strike in California and Nevada

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BREAKING: Union representatives say the employees have gone a year without a contract.

17,000 AT&T Workers On Strike In California, Nevada

SAN FRANCISCO — A bargaining dispute prompted more than 17,000 AT&T landline technicians and call center employees to walk off of the job in California and Nevada Wednesday morning, Communications Workers of America union officials said.The employees are picketing at call centers located throughout California, including in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“We are on strike today because AT&T is hurting us all by violating their bargaining obligations with the union. AT&T technicians work around the clock to make sure our customers get the high-quality service they need and depend on, and we are building AT&T’s billions of dollars in profits,” said Robinson Paiz, a maintenance splicer from Los Angeles who is on strike today and who has worked at AT&T for 17 years, in a statement released by the union. “We don’t want to let our customers down, but AT&T left us with no other choice. AT&T needs to get serious and honor its contract with us so we can keep servicing our customers.”

Union representatives say the Dallas-based company refuses to “bargain fairly” and that employees are frustrated.

According to a post on the union Facebook page, “This same issue has been a subject at the bargaining table for months and the Company has recently made a unilateral change in job requirements without the agreement of the Union. The Union has tried to resolve this issue with the Company over several days. Locals will continue to be on strike until a satisfactory settlement can be reached.”

AT&T representatives have not yet been reached for comment.