Tri-State AT&T Mobility Workers Take Part in Nationwide Strike

Thousands of AT&T mobility workers hit the picket line across the nation, hundreds letting their voices be heard right here in the Tri-State. 

Picketers walked off the job and scattered across AT&T stores sharing their united frustration for a fair contract. 

This isn't something these workers are used to, as this is the first time most of the local mobility workers have gone on strike.

Stephanie Scott works as in advanced technical support for AT&T. She says, "Times are hard you know you have to fight for what will take care of your family and that's what we're out here doing."

AT&T Customer Support Service worker Michael Reynolds says, "I feel great I'm actually honored to be part of it. Almost 40,000 people across the country right now doing the same thing I'm doing, so I'm standing up for the union and the right to keep our jobs here in the states."

A sense of unity created amongst strangers in red. 

"You're all fighting together and it's really exciting," Scott says.  "It kind of gives you goose bumps to know you're all fighting together."

The local AT&T call center had all but roughly three union members show up, leaving an empty lot and a full sidewalk. 

AT&T worker Alaisha Johnson-Rhone says, "People support us. They know and they have jobs just like we do and if they were in a similar situation they'd probably be doing the same thing."

In hopes to get a fair contract and keep jobs in the U.S., these picketers are in full force in the Tri-State and nationwide. 

AT&T released a statement saying in part, "AT&T is prepared to continue serving customers...and remains committed to reaching a fair agreement."

The company says it is, "Offering terms in which AT&T employees in these contracts - some of whom average from $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation - will be better off financially."

Workers say they hope the strikes will bring awareness and will be picketing through the weekend. They say they plan to return to work Monday. 

Read AT&T full statement here: https://www.att.com/gen/general?pid=22150


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