AT&T workers in California and Nevada call a three-day strike

Frustrated over the lack of progress in contract talks, more than 17,000 AT&T union members in California and Nevada walked off their jobs on Friday.

The Communications Workers of America called a three-day strike to protest the nearly 13-month period AT&T workers in California and Nevada have been without a contract. The union expects 40,000 more workers to join in the weekend strike that could represent as much as 14% of AT&T’s workforce.

The strike includes DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada. The union said the strike represents the first time that AT&T wireless workers have gone on strike, which they said could result in closed retail stores this weekend.

“We will no longer stand by as AT&T hems and haws at the bargaining table, keeping its own workers from achieving the American Dream they once promised,” Dennis Trainor, vice president of CWA District 1, said in a statement.

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