In addition, 19,000 wireline workers and DirecTV technicians in California, Nevada and CT are preparing for a strike as well.
Verizon Wireless workers, who went on a 49-day strike past year, are being urged to join the picket lines in support of their fellow union workers.
Johnson believed the strike would not involve those employed at the AT&T call center at The Highlands, and that only AT&T Mobility workers - the cellphone sales clerks at AT&T stores - would be affected. The CWA alleges AT&T has cut 12,000 call center jobs in the United States since 2011, opting instead to contract with third-party companies in other countries.
Some 17,000 other potential protesters come from AT&T's home phone, internet and cable division in California, Nevada and CT.
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Union workers for AT&T across the nation went on strike this afternoon, and local employees immediately hit the picket line at the Rushmore Crossing company office. A recent report from CWA shed new light on AT&T's sprawling web of 38 third-party call centers in eight countries that are driving low wages and compromising quality service for millions of AT&T customers.
The employees' contracts expired February 11, and the union on Wednesday notified the company of the planned strike. A spokesman for AT&T said the strike was "baffling".
The strikers - AT&T wireless, wireline and DIRECTV workers - are members of Communications Workers of America. They're planning on walking out of AT&T stores as the union and corporation haven't reached an agreement.
The majority of the striking workers - about 21,000 - are employees of AT&T's wireless division, which includes retail outlets. We're the only major wireless company with a unionized workforce. "They can easily afford to do what people want and instead are continuing to send jobs overseas". That stoppage slowed Verizon's network investment slightly during the second quarter, according to analysts, and ended with agreements that a union representative described as "an incredible victory" for the workers.