Dear Union Members:
Forty thousand workers at AT&T just announced that they will walk off the job Friday at 3pm if they haven't won a fair union contract by then. These members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have been at the bargaining table for months fighting for good jobs against a company dead set on lining its pockets at the expense of the workers who make them billions. Just check your cell phone bill to see how much AT&T makes.
This will be the biggest strike in the United States since 40,000 Verizon workers walked out last year, and may be the biggest strike of retail workers at a national company in U.S. history. The strike would include 21,000 retail and call center workers at AT&T Wireless across the country, and 17,000 AT&T West landline and DIRECTV workers in California and Nevada, along with landline workers in Connecticut. Workers will return to work on Monday.
Will you join striking workers at a picket line at a nearby retail store, either this Friday, May 19, or Saturday, May 20, or Sunday, May 21? Click here to find a location near you and RSVP.
If you can’t join CWA on the picket line, click here now to send an email to CEO Randall Stephenson to say you stand with workers fighting for good jobs.
This fight is bigger than AT&T, this is about working people standing up to corporate power for good jobs and a better future. Their union, the Communications Workers of America, is the largest public employee union in New Jersey and has nearly 1,000 members right here at Rutgers. As we prepare to start of our own negotiations, it is critically important that we stand with our union brothers and sisters—in our own communities and across the globe.
We hope you’ll join AT&T workers on the picket line this weekend.
David Hughes & Deepa Kumar, full-time faculty union
Teresa Politano, part-time faculty union