Congratulations CWA Local 9423 members, stewards, picket captains, mobilizers, executive board members and officers who pulled together this weekend to shut down thirteen out of nineteen mobility wireless stores. Sales in the remaining six stores were slowed to a crawl. Customers were turning away after being informed on the picket lines why we were on strike. Customers made a choice to wait until the strike was over and return on Monday. The company attempted to shift the work to the authorized retailers and the members mobilized and set up more picket lines. Managers who were in the field doing repairs and installs were greeted with picket lines when they returned to their vehicles. From South San Francisco to the coast to San Luis Obispo members were out in force taking the message to the public. Tomorrow we return to work, let us not forget what we have accomplished and remember our fight is not over until we all have contracts we can be proud of!
CWA Local 9423
This weekend was historic - AT&T didn't think we would strike but we did. We showed them we are not settling for crumbs at the bargaining table and we will fight them until we get what we deserve. Tomorrow we return to work with our heads held high.
40,000 AT&T workers - 21,000 in Mobility - walked off the job Friday in the biggest labor strike in years. We shut down stores across the country and turned away customers - tanking sales nationwide. Participation was huge and we saw very few scabs. Many customers refused to enter stores, and some even joined us on the picket line.
Our allies showed up big time in support of our fight - from elected leaders, other union members, community organizations, students from local colleges, and members of the public just walking by who stopped to join our pickets.
Our families stood with us, sending a clear message to the company about what we're fighting for - making sure the needs of working families are met and protecting good, union jobs for generations to come.
We stood up not only for ourselves and our families, but for all working Americans who are stick and tired of being taken advantage of by greedy corporations. This fight is even bigger than AT&T.
Let's congratulate ourselves for a job well done and walk into work tomorrow very proud.
Tomorrow, CWA will be at the bargaining table. We hope management starts to bargain seriously with us.
Dennis G. Trainor
CWA District 1 Vice President