Expiring AT&T Union Contract Threatens Strike of 14,000 [telecom]

by James Anderson

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has authorized a potential strike against the telecommunications giant for employees in the Midwest - Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. Technology workers across the country belonging to the CWA's "Legacy T" bargaining group might also strike. The contract for both groups will expire on Saturday.

Lisa Bolton, vice president of telecommunications and technologies for CWA, said on Tuesday that Legacy T union members are willing to take this drastic step in order to get a better contract. She criticized the outsourcing of jobs, which has been a common gripe for the union. The CWA filed a lawsuit earlier this year accusing of AT&T subcontracting the jobs of laid-off employees.

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