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More AT&T Job Slashing: 75 Workers in Greensboro, N.C. Wished a Merry Xmas And Told Goodbye

Phillip Dampier January 2, 2013 AT&T, Video 2 Comments

att_logoAT&T has told more than 75 call center workers in the Triad they have three weeks to either start looking for another job or consider relocating to Birmingham, Ala. if they wish to remain employed by the telecom giant.

The holiday layoff took workers partly by surprise, but some told a local Fox affiliate they felt something was coming when they noticed AT&T stopped updating the affected workers’ training to handle customer calls.

The Communications Workers of America called the announcement devastating news for career employees and their families during the holiday season. The union is trying to get AT&T to extend the deadline to give workers more time to consider their options.

Local AT&T workers have had a tough year at the company, with difficult contract talks and technicians complaining about the company’s policy to allow customers to have AT&T U-verse installed on Christmas Day.

greensboro_ncCWA’s Local 3902 chapter, which represents AT&T workers in the Triad, claims the company has systematically tried to drive its workers out of the middle class with benefit and pay reductions and a race to the bottom mentality cutting labor costs and demanding longer work hours for less money:

[CEO Randall] Stephensons’ philosophy is as old as time. It is a belief that he is entitled and workers are not.  It has been called “wage slavery” and worse. People rose against it. Governments that stood by it have been toppled.

In America, the people began to say no more beginning in the late 1880’s. It took the Great Depression of the 1930’s to cause our great-grandparents to finally hit the streets. CWA began to see real successes in the 1950’s. A strike that lasted 72 days in 1955 set the stage for our best days. The strike itself did not win much, but it left a scar AT&T did not soon forget. Contract negotiations after that were easier. That period lasted through 1980. In that period we won solid pensions and no-premium healthcare. By 1980 we were a solid part of the middle class and thought we would be always.

By 1981 we had begun to lose our way. Those hired during the boom of the ’70’s did not want to hear of  the prior struggles. They just happily enjoyed the hard won gains of the generation before them. They began to vote against their own interests. They began to believe that AT&T and BellSouth loved them and would always take care of them. That is the period we find ourselves in today. But we are beginning to see it for what it is.

During this period we have lost most of our pension gains. We are again paying a large part of our healthcare. Our wages are stagnant. Workers are fired almost at will. AT&T is out of control. Politically, they control the state legislatures who deregulate the industry. They run roughshod over the American worker. They contract out and off-shore at will. It has been a devastating period for CWA and for all unions.

[flv width=”640″ height=”380″]http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/WGHP Greensboro ATT to eliminate 75 jobs in Greensboro 12-17-12.flv[/flv]

WGHP in Greensboro covered the sudden holiday announcement AT&T was letting go at least 75 North Carolina workers by the end of December unless they agreed to relocate to an AT&T call center in Birmingham, Ala.  (2 minutes)

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11 years ago

Nothing new here. Mother has been doing this since I began in the 1970s. I think I got a bonus for engineering folks out of jobs. That was shortly before our government blessed us with double-digit inflation. Craft and 1st-level supervisors got Cost of Living Allowances, but we 2nd levels didn’t.

James Cieloha
James Cieloha
11 years ago

Every AT&T customer in North Carolina should be ashamed of both Randall Stephenson and AT&T for their decision to cut jobs in North Carolina very severely. I feel that both Randall Stephenson and AT&T are trying to be way too big being like the Wal-Mart’s, the Clive Davis’s when he was at Columbia Records in the 1970’s, the Neil Bogart’s of Casablanca Records fame of the 1970′s disco era, the Trinity Broadcasting Network’s, the David Smith (one of the Smith brothers from Sinclair Broadcast Group), the Harry Pappas as part of the Pappas Telecasting Companies, the Bernard Madoff’s, the Enron’s,… Read more »

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