CWA workers for AT&T to go on limited strike today

Strike would last from 3 p.m. Friday until Monday
Posted at 9:31 AM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 12:39:18-04

CWA union workers for AT&T will be on strike this weekend, but their time on the picket line will be limited -- even if there's no new deal in place.

The workers will go on strike at 3 p.m. Friday, the union confirmed to 7 Eyewitness News, but they will return to work on Monday, deal or no deal.

CWA leaders say they're fighting for, among other issues, a "fair wage increase that is enough to cover increased healthcare costs." They say AT&T offered a 2% increase this year.

In a statement, AT&T called it "baffling" that CWA is considering a strike when, "we're offering terms in which their members -- some of whom average $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation -- will be better off financially."

AT&T says they're prepared for a strike, and that these CWA contracts represent less than 14% of their employees.

Other issues for CWA include a battle over commissions, freezing employee increases to healthcare contributions, job security language, and an absence and attendance policy.

AT&T says they've reached fair agreements with 29 bargaining units since 2015, covering over 128,000 employees.