Barracks Road AT&T workers went on strike Friday afternoon
Travis Daniel, picketer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
Employees at the AT&T store at Charlottesville’s Barracks Road Shopping Center are demanding justice. Several hit the picket line Friday to take a stand during contract talks.
The employees walked out of the store around 3 p.m. and are picketing on the side of the road to grab the attention of drivers.
Employees want an agreement between the Communication Workers of America Union and AT&T Mobility.
Employees claim the company is demanding more work for less and it is looking to third party dealers and overseas workers. The union says it wants a wage increase bigger than the two percent annual raise that AT&T offered and tighter job security protections, among other things.
Employees say striking is the best way to get the company's attention and are hopeful they can find a solution.
“It shows that we are an important part of this company. We are what help make AT&T the company that it is and, I think, that will get our message across,” said Travis Daniel, picketer.
This is a strike happening with over 40,000 AT&T employees across the country.