Possible strike may impact AT&T service

April 3, 2009 4:53:35 AM PDT
It's an anxious weekend ahead for AT&T workers and customers. A contract deadline is looming that could result in a strike and a disruption of service.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

There are about 110,000 AT&T employees who belong to the Communication Workers of America and they're in the middle of contract negotiations. Some of them work in the Houston area and were at AT&T's Bellaire offices demonstrating yesterday.

The deadline for a strike is midnight on Saturday.

The workers with whom we talked say they need better job security and the company is cutting back on what it pays for healthcare.

"They're using the fact that there's an economic crisis going on to basically pressures us into giving some give backs," said CWA member Steven Flores.

As for healthcare, an AT&T spokesperson told us the company already pays for 92 percent of these worker's healthcare benefits.

But as far as that Saturday deadline, workers say some people with land lines could be affected. AT&T says it is prepared, if need be, for the work stoppage with trained managers and contractors.

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