More than 20,000 AT&T workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut started two-day strikes Tuesday to protest what the union called harassment by the company.
The company’s contracts with two major branches of the Communications Workers of America expired in early April, leading to months of acrimonious negotiations. Now, 17,000 wireline employees in California and Nevada and 3,000 employees in Connecticut have decided to strike, AT&T said in a statement. Wireline businesses have slumped in recent years as use of land-based phones falls off amid the rise of mobile devices.
Tuesday’s walkout “is not in anyone’s best interest,” according to AT&T.