Local union workers go on strike

Davenport AT&T workers on strike.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Holding signs that proclaim they are 'On Strike for Good Jobs', workers from the AT&T Call Center in Davenport have crowded the sidewalks along 53rd Street and Elmore Avenue Friday afternoon.

Members of the local CWA Union say they want a 2% pay increase to cover increased health care costs, better job security and a change in holiday pay among other requests.

The strike is not just happening locally. According to the CWA Union, nearly 37,000 employees are on a 3-day strike in 36 states.

Mark Giga, the Lead Public Relations Manager with AT&T sent KWQC a statement regarding the strike saying, “A strike is in no one’s best interest, and it’s baffling as to why union leadership would call one when we’re offering terms in which our employees in these contracts – some of whom average from $115,000 to $148,000 in total compensation – will be better off financially.

“We’re prepared, and we will continue working hard to serve our customers. This involves less than 14 percent of our employees.

“What’s most important is we’re all family, whether you’re a union member or not. Like any family we have our disagreements but we’ll sort them out. We’ve reached 29 fair agreements since 2015 covering over 128,000 of our employees, and we’re confident we can do the same here.”