It's official, more than 400 local SBC employees are scheduled to strike for their rights, starting Friday morning. The union workers plan to walk, since no negotiations on new health care benefits or job security have been made after four months of talks. So how could this affect you?
According to the Communication Workers of America or CWA, their negotiations for a new plan is 45 days overdue. So in order to stand their ground, they want SBC nationwide to know they mean business and that's why they are walking out it's been more than 20 years since union workers at SBC have gone on strike, and now 100,000 workers nationwide are planning a four day walk, 13 states strong.
"We're excited. We were hoping to come to an agreement before this happened but we're about 45 days passed our original contract so everyone has been anticipating this," says Guy Stewart, CWA's Local Legislative Chairman said.
Guy Stewart, CWA's Local Legislative Chairman says if an agreement is met before Friday, there will be no strike.
"If everything is resolved we will not strike, we're hoping that it doesn't came to that. We still have some time until that happens, but if we don't have any progress which we have not had in 45 days we will be on the picket line at 12:01 midnight," Stewart says.
Once a deal is met regarding job security and health care costs, things should get back to normal. As for how it could affect you, a spokesman for SBC says service should not be interrupted, adding the company has spent the last year preparing for a possible strike. However, if you are needing new service or repairs over the weekend, there will most likely be delays.