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More than 20,000 AT & T employees leave the job overnight on Friday.



Surprisingly, more than 20,000 union workers on AT & T strike in the southeast on Friday at midnight.

Communication Workers of America members – including 4,000 in Georgia – have charged the giant telecommunications company with unfair working practices in negotiating a new contract.

The previous agreement expired on 3 August.

Since then, the talks have gone nowhere, because the company has made sure that no agreement is reached, said Richard Honeycutt. the vice-president of the union for the Southeast in a statement on late Friday. "Our talks have stalled because AT & T has proven it has not sent any negotiators who are authorized to make decisions so we can move on to a new deal."

The Dallas-based company generates one Annual sales of about $ 1

70 billion a year. It contains the remains of Atlanta's BellSouth, which for more than two decades was the largest of the seven regional telephone companies.

Company employees said they had been blind and mystified by the strike call.

"We are at a loss as to the reasons why the union leadership calls us when we offer conditions to which our employees – some of whom receive an average of $ 121,000 to $ 134,000 in compensation – are even better off, Jim said Kiimberly, spokesman for AT & T.

The corporate officials were determined to prepare for a strike. In the days leading up to the contract, AT & T executives said they were prepared for a strike and business with managers, executives and contractors would be smooth.

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"We are prepared for a strike and will continue to work hard to serve our customers in the event of an interruption," said Kimberly on Friday evening. The southeastern region of the union includes technicians, customer service representatives and others who provide landline and internet services to the company Company "install, maintain and support". The region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Union officials stated that the key issues are job security and health care are work without a contract, even though the negotiators failed to reach an agreement. More than 30,000 Verizon employees ratified a contract last summer after working for one year without a contract.