South Florida union members go on strike at AT&T. How will this affect your service? [tele...

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By Howard Cohen

Three South Florida-area Communication Workers of America unions
announced a strike against AT&T on Thursday.

CWA Local 3121 in Hialeah, CWA Local 3120 in Broward and CWA Local
3122, which covers North Miami Beach to Key West, cited "unfair labor
practices" by the telecommunications giant.

Bill Horne
(Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)

Re: South Florida union members go on strike at AT&T. How will this affect your service? [telecom]
On Monday, August 26, 2019 at 1:08:59 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote:
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Historical notes:

We don't hear of labor strife as much as we used to.  Labor
unions in the U.S. have declined in power and influence.

Years ago bitter massive strikes were more common, including
in the telephone industry.  It had far more impact in the
past when the system was less automated(1).  Indeed, in the
1950s, many calls were still handled manually by operators,
so when there was a strike, there was essentially no service.
Even in dial locations, long distance still required an
operator in most places in the 1950s, so there was no
long distance service.

In 1946, the CIO(2) went out on strike.  The LIFE article below  
includes a photo of a large room filled with empty switchboards.

In 1947, 350,000 workers of AT&T went out on strike.  LIFE
covered it:
(In the same issue, on pg 24 Western Electric bragged about the fast
restoration of a fire-destroyed central office).

General Telephone, an 'independent' telephone company, also had labor
troubles.  In 1973, Ohio workers took out a full page ad explaining
their stance:

Some strike were bitter with vandalism of telephone company property.
In 1963, GTE took out the following ad in Florida: (lower left side of frame)

Telephone strikes go back 100 years.  Here is a New England labor
dispute in April 1919. (upper left)

In all of the above, you can read through the entire publication.  The
old ads are particularly interesting.

1. Recently I had to deal with Verizon.  Extremely hard to reach an
actual person, their automated front end did its best to block me.
Very frustrated.  I don't understand how a business expects to thrive
when they treat customers so rottenly.  But I guess since most
businesses do so nowadays, they can get away with it.  (Comcast is no

2. Congress of Industrial Organizations, which was later combined with
the American Federation of Labor to form the AFL-CIO. See
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