Communications techs take negotiations to street
Monday, May 7, 2012

The Communications Workers of America are protesting the course of their labor negotiations with multinational telecommunications company AT&T.

Michael Davis is president of CWA Local 9431, which represents about 200 field technicians in western Nevada County along with portions of Yuba and Placer Counties.

Davis said the tactics of the company amount to an “attack on the American middle class.”

“We just want to educate the public and make it knowledgeable about how this company is treating us,” Davis said.

The company wants to take away pension benefits, alter overtime rules, remove sick pay and minimize yearly wage increases, Davis said.

“They want to triple the employee costs of medical expenses with out giving wage increases,” Davis said. “The company has said all of this is due to difficult economic conditions, but it made $34 billion in profits last year.”

Davis and his fellow workers have been protesting at various public areas around western Nevada County for the past two weeks.

Phone calls placed to an AT&T spokesman were not returned Monday.