Thousands of AT&T workers held what they call a “mini strike” today, including locations here in Erie.
Workers tell us they gave corporate until three p.m. to present proposals to change their contracts.
Protesters are protected by the Communications Workers of America Union.
They tell us they have an unrealistic time off policy, increasing health care costs and a threat of off shoring jobs.
This is a country-wide protest for union-protected workers.
They say they hope today’s picket is enough to make corporate change their contracts.
Employees will return to work on Monday.
AT&T released this statement:
“A strike is in no one’s best interest, and it’s baffling that union leadership would call one when we’re offering terms in which our employees in these contracts – some of whom average from $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation – will be better off financially.
We’re prepared, and we will continue working hard to serve our customers.
What’s most important is we’re all family, whether you’re a union member of not. Like any family we have our disagreements but we’ll sort them out. We’ve reached 29 fair agreements since 2015 covering over 128,000 of our employees, and we’re confident we can do the same here.”