AT&T Strike Expands to the Streets of Billings

Unions members protesting outside the AT&T in Billings, Montana.

This weekend, Montana union members joined striking AT&T workers across the country.

More than 35,000 AT&T workers began a weekend-long strike on Friday after the company of failed to make a fair proposal during contract negotiations.

Just over half of the employees work for the company’s wireless business, primarily in call centers and retail stores, and have been without a long-term contract since February of this year.

In Billings, the striking workers were joined by fellow unions members, including Montana AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Al Ekblad.

Communications Workers of America says that AT&T is sending call-center jobs overseas and diverting retail jobs to so-called authorized retailers not owned by the company and not unionized and where wages and benefits are much lower.

“The tens of thousands of AT&T workers out on strike have the full and unwavering support of the 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO. Together with our friends, family, and entire community, we will win the fairness and freedoms workers earn every day,” says Richard Trumka, President of the National AFL-CIO.

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