RALEIGH – AT & T strike workers in the southeast are scheduled to return to work Wednesday afternoon, their union said this morning.
The strike began on Saturday and included about 20,000 workers.
The union said nothing In a statement issued by the Communications Workers of America,
"CWA has informed the management of AT & T that we have ended the strike against unfair labor practices and agreed to return to work.
"The strike is over with immediate effect.
"AT & T Southeast, Utility Operations and AT & T Billing staff are expected to return to work at 1:00 pm ET / 12: 00 PM CT today, Wednesday, August 28th ,
"Even though the employees are in the middle of their tour, they should get back to work at 1
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The CWA said earlier that the two sides met on Monday to discuss "various negotiating proposals".
The union has already filed an indictment with the National Labor Relations Board for unfair labor practices. She described the discussion as "intense," but also offered a glimmer of hope.
"There is a chance that the negotiations will progress," states a statement. "It is our desire to reach an agreement and to achieve the contract that our members deserve."
AT & T spokesman Marty Richter told WRAL TechWire today that the company is ready to negotiate a new, improved contract. However, it contradicts the union's claims about unfair labor practices.
"Our negotiating team is negotiating this contract with CWA leaders in the same way we have done with dozens of other CWA contracts over the years.
He added, "Since 2017, the company has reached 20 fair agreements for more than 89,000 employees and union members have voted to ratify them. These include five similar agreements reached in late June and early July and ratified by CWA members. We look forward to doing the same here.
Dissatisfied AT & T employees in Raleigh, Southeast strike; Total more than 20,000 vacancies