Contract impasse led to three-day strike


By Morgan McKinniss - mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com



GALLIPOLIS — Local employees at the AT&T store in Gallipolis recently participated in a three-day strike which took place in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Tension at the bargaining table has led to employees in the Communication Workers of America Union to hold the strike which started last Friday, lasting three days.

“It’s not just us, it’s 36 states and D.C. and 21,000 retail employees and over 40,000 call center employees on strike,” said local union representative Ross Baker.

Some of the items that the union is fighting for is healthcare, pension, and keeping their jobs from outsourcing of retail stores and call centers.

“We hope the three-day strike was effective. If AT&T comes back to the bargaining table, we will continue to work,” explained Baker. “If not, we will have to go on strike again indefinitely.”

“They’re trying to triple the cost of health care benefits, take away our pension, and outsource many of our jobs to privately owned stores and overseas call centers,” stated Baker.

Holly Hollingsworth is a representative with AT&T in Ohio. According to Hollingsworth: “We remain committed to reaching fair agreements in these contracts.”

She also explained that AT&T is committed to serving their customers and maintaining service to the public. Stores will remain open as possible if further strikes ensue.

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By Morgan McKinniss

mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com

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