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AT&T union members walk off the job

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AT&T union members have walked off the job, conducting, what the union calls, an “unfair labor practice” strike.

Marty Szeliga, Vice President of the local CWA union, said the move comes after AT&T attempted to bargain directly with employees, rather than through the union’s bargaining unit.

Workers at Mid-Michigan locations walked out at around 12:30 p.m. today.

AT&T Michigan Spokesperson Teresa Mask has released the following statement regarding the strike: 

A walkout is not in anybody’s best interest, and it’s unfortunate that the union chose to do that.

This contract currently covers good-paying U.S. jobs averaging over $120,000 a year in pay and benefits, with some making over $200,000. After over 10 weeks of negotiations, we have presented a final offer to the union’s negotiating team at the bargaining table with a goal of bringing this process to a close and reaching a fair agreement for our employees. We’re offering a generous package including annual wage increases, continuation of job security provisions that are virtually unheard of in the U.S., and comprehensive healthcare and retirement benefits. In addition, the offer includes a commitment to hire 1,000 people in the region. All employees covered by the offer would be better off.

We’re very prepared to continue serving customers. We’re a customer service company and we plan for all contingencies, whether related to weather, natural disasters, or even work stoppages.

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