Nationwide AT&T strike continues

Published: May. 20, 2017 at 11:39 PM CDT|Updated: Jan. 9, 2018 at 1:18 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Dozens of AT&T employees in Evansville walked out of work on Friday as part of a nationwide protest where they're worried that their jobs may be outsourced.

Since then, they've been out in the front of the store spreading the same message to whoever drives by.

Steve Young helped organize the protests out of fear he may lose his job overseas. He said a new contract would ease that stress.

"I'm a one-income family, and I have three people at home that I need to take care of, and I got insurance to take care of," Young said. "It's not so much that I'm worried about losing my job, it's just that I want to be guaranteed my job."

"Hey hey, ho ho, corporate greed has got to go," protesters chanted.

At an AT&T retail store on Burkhardt Road, it was the same message with a different approach.

Rain didn't stop the unionized workers who said they're afraid AT&T will cut its in-house workforce in half.

"They want to outsource our jobs to the Philippines, Mexico, Costa Rica, so they can pay lower wages," said Anna Kessler, an AT&T employee and Communication Workers of America union member.

We reached out to AT&T again on Saturday. The company referred us to a statement sent to 14 News on Friday that said,  "A strike is in no one's best interest," and "this involves less that 14 percent of our employees."

AT&T also said that its call centers are still up and running.

The company will continue to negotiate new contracts with higher wages and pensions. The strikes will continue all weekend.

Click Here to Read AT&T's full statement to 14 News.

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