At 3:00 pm today, over 40,000 communications workers from across the country walked off their jobs at AT&T Wireless, AT&T West Landline and Direct TV. The employees have gone months without a fair contract proposal and they continue to fight for job security and reasonable health benefits.

NJEA supports the striking communication workers. NJEA’s officers put out the following statement:

“Today, we are standing strong with our brothers and sisters in labor, and we fully support the right of the CWA workers to earn a fair contract. A fair contract means respect, and we will support this strike until a fair agreement is reached and until respect is restored.

“The communications workers of AT&T deserve a fair contract that includes job protections and fair health benefits. It’s the workers striking today who serve as the backbone of AT&T’s success. One of the largest telecom companies in the United States, AT&T brings in over $1 billion in profit each month. Of course, this almost-incomprehensible success is a direct result of commitment of these workers.

“The firm resolve of more than 40,000 striking workers standing in unity is a true inspiration. We will honor that determination by continuing to support their fight for a fair contract.

“It should not matter where you work or what you do.  Everyone who works for a living deserves fair treatment on the job and we will always support efforts to win economic justice for all.  AT&T workers have taken a stand not just for themselves, but for all of us and we are proud to stand with them.”

Unless an agreement is reached, the CWA members will remain on strike until Monday, May 22. To support the striking workers, send the CEO of AT&T Randall Stephenson an email now and urge him to respect the workers and settle the contract.

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