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Some 17,000 go on strike against AT&T in California, Nevada

Staff Writer |
Around 17,000 AT&T customer service workers and technicians in California and Nevada walked off the job after working for nearly a year without a contract.

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The employees are on strike indefinitely and are currently picketing at AT&T call centers and offices throughout the two states Wireless Week reports.

The strike follows nearly a year of employees struggling through contract negotiations with the carrier. Their last agreement expired in April 2016.

The workers are represented by the Communications Workers of America union, which alleged the carrier changed work assignments for workers without bargaining and backtracked on an agreement to resolve the ensuing dispute over the changes.

CWA said workers were being forced to take on work that is outside their areas of expertise. The union indicated it is filing an unfair labor charge with the National Labor Relations Board to protest the changes.