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Employees of the AT&T call center in Pueblo walk off the job at 1 p.m. Employees of the AT&T call center in Pueblo walk off the job at 1 p.m.
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Unionized workers at AT&T wireless stores in Colorado and across the US walked off job at 1 p.m. as the company and labor leaders cannot come to terms over a new collective bargaining agreement.

In Pueblo, 175 workers went on strike at the call center.

Dennis Trainor, a regional Vice President with the Communication Workers of America said in a statement on the union website said the workers want AT&T to make good on it's promise to preserve family-supporting jobs.

"We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T but have been met with delays and excuses. Our message is clear: fair contract or strike. It's up to AT&T now," Trainor said.

The proposed three-day strike would include employees of AT&T wireless, wireline workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut and DIRECTV workers in California.

A spokesperson for AT&T said they are baffled that union leaders would call for strike given the terms they are offering in the proposed contract.

"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," said Suzanne Trantow, Lead Public Relations Manager for AT&T Rocky Mountain.

She added that the company is committed to serving its customers and notes that fewer than 14 percent of their workforce is striking.

"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," Trantow said.

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