Day Two of SBC Strike - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/22/04

Day Two of SBC Strike

It's day two of a four day walkout against SBC for thousand of employees nationwide, and that includes hundreds here in Lubbock.

The strike began at midnight Friday. Locally, union workers with Communications Workers of America carried picket signs to convince SBC to not increase healthcare co-pays. They are also picketing to insure job security.

"When we lose those jobs from here and they go to India and the Philippines, it does affect America. Those are jobs that high school kids could be coming out and getting those type of jobs here in America, here in Lubbock, rather than send them to India and Philippines, so that's a major issue we are concerned about right now," says Guy Stewart, local CWA Chairman.

SBC was ready when employees walked. The company brought in retired managers to work different areas.

The strike is scheduled to end Tuesday morning. Union workers are hoping by then, SBC will have a reasonable contract offer on the table.

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