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AT&T call center workers strike in Bristol

Workers with AT&T continued to strike Saturday over contract negotiations.

The workers at the Lebanon call center came to Bristol to strike in front of the AT&T store at exit 7.

They say they've been fighting for months for a fair union contract that protects their jobs.

Earlier this week, they were rallying outside of the call center in Lebanon.

We talked to one worker who says 40,000 people walked off the job across 36 states.

He says they will go back to work on Monday and continue to hope for change.

"This was a hey this is what life would be like if you choose to keep doing this. We're serious about this and we will strike as long as necessary to secure another contract," Rick Morrell said.

The union said the company has outsourced 60% of its retail stores to low-wage third party dealers.

AT&T sent News 5 this statement regarding the strike:

"A strike is in no one’s best interest, and it’s baffling as to why union leadership would call one when we’re offering terms in which our employees in these contracts – some of whom average from $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation – will be better off financially.

 

We’re prepared, and we will continue working hard to serve our customers. This involves less than 14 percent of our employees.

What’s most important is we’re all family, whether you’re a union member or not. Like any family we have our disagreements but we’ll sort them out. We’ve reached 29 fair agreements since 2015 covering over 128,000 of our employees, and we’re confident we can do the same here."


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