Frishkorn said that employees are fighting to keep middle class jobs.
According to a press release from the Communication Workers of America, "frustration is higher than ever as corporate executives continue their stand-off with workers over major issues that protect middle-class jobs, such as affordable benefits, fair wages and job security". Others are employed in call centers spread out across the country.
Locally, workers have posted reminders about the planned walkout on message boards and social media asking customers to show their support by not shopping at AT&T stores.
Update: The strike is now underway.
About 500 AT&T workers are striking right now in Evansville.
A majority of AT&T wireless workers and some wireline and DirecTV technicians are taking part in the strike, the union said.
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"This is a warning to AT&T", said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District 1 in a statement. This company made $13 billion in profits past year, but is now denying its workers, who are making this company so profitable, the contract they deserve. Jared Pratt is a worker who walked out.
"Our contract has been expired since February".
With over 200,000 employees in the U.S, AT&T is the country's largest telecom company. The company reported $13 billion in profits in the same year. "We are what help make AT&T the company that it is and, I think, that will get our message across", said Travis Daniel, picketer.
Hillary Frishkorn, one of the employees who made a decision to walk out, told Cleveland 19 it's important for her to take a stand on issues like outsourcing of call centers, health care, and pay. Workers are also protesting AT&T's pervasive offshoring of jobs to low-wage contractors, which eliminate good jobs and hurt customer service. "We want AT&T to understand that we're serious".
This is the largest strike since 39,000 Verizon workers, also represented by CWA, struck past year.
Local picketing is taking place near the call center and AT&T stores.