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Local AT&T workers strike for better wages

VIDEO: AT&T employees strike

WYOMISSING, Pa. - Thousands of AT&T workers have walked off the job nationwide including some in Berks County.

Through Sunday, the local chapter of the Communications Workers of America union, Local 13000, is joining other members across 36 states to demand fair contracts.

In Berks County, members took to the picket line outside of AT&T stores in Spring Township and Wyomissing.

Workers say they are demanding better wages, healthcare, and job security.

"They've cut our commission we make monthly. So we're losing out on that. So we're looking for a higher pay wage," said Robert Olson, a local union member.

In a statement to 69 News, AT&T said:

"A strike is in no one’s best interest, and it’s baffling that 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. What’s most important is we’re all family, whether you’re a union member of 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."

Workers say they'll be back on the job on Monday.

 


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