AT&T installing Internet fiber throughout Louisville

FILE PHOTO: AT&T installing Internet fiber throughout Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- More than 20,000 AT&T workers across nine states, including Kentucky, are on strike.

Several hundred Louisville AT&T employees are said to be apart of that number.

The strike which began at midnight Saturday is over over unfair labor practices by management during negotiations for a new contract, according to a statement from a Communications Workers of America union spokesperson.

“We entered these negotiations prepared to bargain in good faith with AT&T to address our members’ concerns and to work together to find solutions,” said Richard Honeycutt, CWA District 3 Vice President. “Our talks have stalled because it has become clear that AT&T has not sent negotiators who have the power to make decisions so we can move forward toward a new contract.”

The strike involves over 20,000 technicians, customer service representatives and others who install, maintain and support AT&T’s residential and business network in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

"A strike is in no one’s best interest," AT&T said in a statement sent to WDRB News. "We remain ready to sit down with union leaders to listen to their concerns and work with them on negotiating a new, improved contract for our employees. We’re surprised and disappointed that union leaders would call a strike at this point in the negotiations, particularly when we’re offering terms that would help our employees – some of whom average from $121,000 to $134,000 in total compensation – be even better off.

"We have offered the union terms that are consistent with what other CWA-represented employees have approved in recent contract negotiations; the company has reached 20 fair agreements since 2017 covering more than 89,000 employees. The Southeast contract covers fewer than 8 percent of our employees.

"We’re prepared for a strike and in the event of a work stoppage, we will continue working hard to serve our customers."

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