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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:53 PM
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Author: Tony Pecinovsky
People's Weekly World Newspaper, 08/08/09 09:44

ST. LOUIS "AT&T is leading the race to the bottom," Communications Workers of America Local 6300 President Kevin Kujawa said as some 150 CWA members picketed the AT&T tower here Aug. 6.

"In this economy, AT&T should be part of the recovery," he added.

CWA Local 6300 members have been picketing AT&T regularly since their contract expired April 4.

While neighboring CWA union locals in District 4 have agreed to new contract terms, we've still got a long way to go," Kujawa told the World.

Local 6300 is part of CWA District 6, which represents over 71,000 workers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.

District 6 Vice President Andy Milburn noted, "AT&T made $12.9 billion in profits last year. They've made $6.2 billion so far this year. They don't need to cut our members' pay and benefits to survive. AT&T isn't suffering like the auto industry."

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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:55 PM
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1. They made THAT MUCH in profits?!
If the workers weren't loyal to that company, AT&T's services would have remained shit poor.

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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:29 PM
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2. Yes they made that much. Telecommunications is pretty much recession proof
everyone needs a phone. Every now needs Internet access. They keep raking it in.

The people at AT&T that are really getting fucked and have been gang-raped for years is the mid and lower level management. For years now, the old SBC and now ATT has done to it's management would it could not do to it's unionized employees.
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