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AT&T, DirecTV Workers In 36 States Walk Off Job For 3-Day Strike

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AT&T customers could find it difficult to obtain help this weekend if something were to happen to their DirecTV, U-Verse, or AT&T wireless service, as AT&T union workers walked off the job today following failed contract negotiations. 

Thousands of AT&T wireless, wireline, and DirecTV workers who are part of the Communications Workers of America — the largest communications and media labor union in the U.S. — announced today that they will participate in a weekend-long strike in protest of AT&T’s failure to provide “serious proposals” for workers.

The striking groups — which walked off the job around 3 p.m. — represent four union contracts and include wireless workers in 36 states and Washington, D.C., as well as wireline workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut, and DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada.

CWA warns that with wireless employees expected go on strike, several AT&T retail stores could be closed this weekend, claiming the strike could be the largest in retail history.

The groups concede that while the strike will likely be an inconvenience for customers in the short term, workers are committed to “putting an end to unnecessary frustration and poor service because of AT&T’s lack of investment in its core business.”

The strike is expected to end Sunday evening, with workers returning to the job Monday.

CWA says that workers are demanding AT&T commit to bargaining that addresses wage increases that cover rising healthcare costs, job security against outsourcing, affordable healthcare, and a fair scheduling policy.

“We’re walking off the job today because AT&T has every means available to support its core workforce and the customers who help make them $1 billion a month in profits, but chooses to undercut us at every turn,” James Stiffey, an AT&T wireless worker from Pittsburgh, said in a statement.

In a statement emailed to Consumerist, AT&T argued that this strike is “baffling” and in “no one’s best interest.”

“We’re prepared, and we will continue working hard to serve our customers,” said AT&T, which notes that striking workers account for about 14% of its workforce. “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.”

This weekend’s strike comes nearly two months after 17,000 AT&T workers in Nevada and California walked off the job.

The Unionized workers who are part of the Communications Workers of America, District 9 returned to work a short time later.

“The brief grievance strike has been resolved and employees are returning to work today,” an AT&T spokesman told Consumerist at the time.





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support the striking workers. don't shop at AT&T, don't cross the picket lines.
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like carbon credits but for justice

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of course i care about what’s happening! that’s why i sent 3 — THREE — RallyPals. i couldn’t make it because i had a spa appointment

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Inmates built computers hidden in ceiling, connected them to prison network

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Inmates at a medium-security Ohio prison secretly assembled two functioning computers, hid them in the ceiling, and connected them to the Marion Correctional Institution's network. The hard drives were loaded with pornography, a Windows proxy server, VPN, VOIP and anti-virus software, the Tor browser, password hacking and e-mail spamming tools, and the open source packet analyzer Wireshark.

That's according to a new report (PDF) from the Ohio Office of the Inspector General, which concluded that the geeky inmates obtained the parts from an onsite computer skills and electronics recycling program. The agency's IT department, according to the report, initially was alerted to a connected device, using a contractor's stolen credentials, that had "exceeded a daily Internet usage threshold." The computers were operational for about four months. After a three-week search, they were discovered above a training room closet in an area off limits to unsupervised inmates. Ultimately, the authorities traced cable from a networking switch to find the devices that were assembled with discarded computers from an Ohio aircraft parts company and an Ohio school district.

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free these inmates and give them vc funding
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The United Fiasco From A Cockpit Viewpoint

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I’ve been a captain at the world’s largest airline for over 25 years now, which is why this involuntary deplaning of a United Express passenger is both sad business and not at all surprising. Here’s why.

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First, passenger service has become, for airline management, an irrational but deliberate choke point in the airline flight operations. And here’s the death blow to passenger service: at the gate, in the heat of the departure time battle, the airlines field their lowest paid, least experienced workers and impose the highest, most rigid standards–close the aircraft door, dispatch the revenue unit.

They arm these hapless, stressed-out workers little or no authority–just do what you’re told.  Typically, the worst circumstances exist “after hours,” meaning after 5pm when airport and airline managers are gone for the day.

Then hourly, often contract workers are left with little authority, no flexibility (SOMEONE would deplane at the right price point–but there’s a typically standing cap) and have little recourse other than to call for law enforcement. Often, once force is used, the “customer service” results are not favorable.

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Looking for blame? Look to the top airline pooh-bahs, the passenger service managers, airport operations budget directors, regional managers, and passenger service supervisors who slash passenger service budgets to the bone, then rigidly dictate time constraints that MUST be adhered to by the hourly folks who work the non-office hours and deal with the very real passenger stand-offs that occur at the airport–not on any airline management spreadsheet.

All fine, until passengers, schedule, delays, overbooking and ultimately, involuntary deplaning plays out in flesh-and-blood realtime.

Then passengers lose, the passenger service agents lose and ultimately, the flight crew loses too: we’re all just trying to safely move the metal–once the jet is boarded. I’m ready  to sort out the cabin battles, once we’re off the ground.  As a captain, I’m not here to undo the budget-based inadequacies of passenger service planners at airline headquarters, nor am I allowed to: airline managers have consistently tried to limit crew authority to once the jet is underway.

Great. Marketing, sales, promotions, reward levels, unit pricing? They all derive and survive from cost-driven spreadsheet logic at airline headquarters. And why does that work?

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After all the howling about the United Airlines fiasco becomes passe on social media–give it about 5 mores days–passengers will be all about the cheapest airfare once again.

That’s just how it works. Please take your seats and prepare for a bumpy ride.

 












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"Marketing, sales, promotions, reward levels, unit pricing? They all derive and survive from cost-driven spreadsheet logic at airline headquarters"

ah, you mean Capitalism
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Join the Antifa Noise Brigade!

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To Comrades far and wide

In the past few months in North America, we have witnessed the rise of far right gatherings and street demonstrations. We have also seen the rise of militant anti-fascist organizing to shut that shit down.

With the sudden pace of events, we as anti-fascists have been forced to rapidly expand our connections and infrastructure, reviving long dormant networks and even starting from scratch in many places. We have also had adapt to fighting in a new and chaotic terrain, similar to past struggles but with key differences as well.

We’ve scored some victories, surely: Richard Spencer getting clocked and subsequently memed, Milo getting run out of Seattle and Berkeley, Trumpets in Philly canceling their march and hiding behind their cop buddies while a massive bloc shared the streets with hundreds of high school kids on bikes.

Still, far right street organizing shows no signs of slowing down. As things continue to escalate, we must reflect on what has worked so far, and how we can continue to defeat and humiliate these bootlickers in the future.

The current North American struggle against fascists and the alt-right does not necessarily mirror the fights of decades past or on different continents. For one, our enemies are rarely the obvious Nazis of yesterday. They have re-branded towards respectability, cloaked themselves in dog whistle rhetoric and appeals to “free speech.” They are a bizarre and contradictory amalgam of tendencies and beliefs: white nationalists, “anarcho” capitalists, 4chan basement dwellers, Fox News grandpas, Oathkeeper milita wingnuts, Christian Dominionists, right-libertarians; all united in their hatred of the left and increasing acceptance of militant street tactics.

How then, to best confront this rogues gallery of fascist dipshits, who are often not only armed to the teeth but supported, tacitly or actively, by the police and a large portion of the state? To answer this, we would like to bring up an example of a recent event that was, at best, a somewhat disappointing draw for our side, in order to articulate what a win might look like in the future.

On March 4th, a pro-Trump demonstration was held at a park in downtown Olympia, Washington. A counterdemo was called for and loosely organized. On the day of the event, a surprisingly large contingent of about 150 Trumpists faced off with about 100 counter-demonstrators, separated by a line of police in riot gear. Perhaps many in lefty Oly didn’t expect so large of a pro-Trump presence to manifest, but this was part of a nationally coordinated wave of demonstrations, and the Trumpists and other assorted detritus had come from all across the state to our rainy, radical bubble.

People chanted and heckled the Trumpist speakers throughout the event, but we didn’t have nearly enough noisemakers to truly drown them out. Someone on our side had said on Facebook that they’d be bringing a sound system, but they turned out to be some liberal rando who proceeded to set up a hundred yards from the action in a police “permitted” zone and blast fucking U2. Sandwiched thus, between pro-Trump speeches on one side and liberal shit-rock on the other, we began to realize our desperate need for an organized and autonomous noise brigade.

Eventually, the Trump demo wound down, without marching as they’d said they would, a small victory in an otherwise not great day. We marched away as a bloc in order to ensure a safe dispersal.  Later, as we gathered to debrief,  we discussed what we needed to make future counter-demos more effective: numbers and noise.

In order to bring more people out, we decided that future events should not be framed merely as a reactive counter-demonstration, but instead as our own event, a festival of resistance at the same time and place as those we must confront. We believe that they have the right idea in Berkeley, where next Saturday they plan to counter yet another alt-right demo with a “Defend the Bay Bloc Party and Cookout”.

Also, we must expand our networks of solidarity and our ability to rapidly converge. Bootlickers came from all over the state to Olympia. We know that many of them are heading south for their rally in Berkeley on the 15th. Wherever these fascists converge, we must converge as well. Anti-fascists on the I-5 corridor have a long history of collaboration and support.  We must reach out and show up for each other. An injury to one is an injury to all.

Other than the need for numbers, our other insight was the fundamental need for more noise. What might our counter-demo have looked like if we had been able to completely drown out the Trump demonstration? What if we have drums, vuvuzelas, pots and pans, all beating along to a portable soundsystem blasting “Fuck Donald Trump?” Certainly we would have felt much more energized, even with our lesser numbers, and the Trump supporters would have been much more demoralized, their boring hate speeches drowned out by a joyful and rebellious cacophony.

This is a call for anti-fascist noise brigade at upcoming Bloc Party in Berkely and all future demonstrations across North America: joyful and militant, self organized and operating as a fundamental contingent of the bloc. We draw inspiration from the Infernal Noise Brigade of the WTO era as well as all of those who stand against fascism, however they can. Let the bootlickers cower beyond the cops as they face a barrage of noise, glitter, and paint. The streets belong to us! No Pasaran!


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April 15th: Defend the Bay Area: Block Party and Cookout Against the Alt-Right

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The “Alt-Right” is coming back to Berkeley…

DEFEND THE BAY!
BLOC PARTY & COOKOUT!

Trump supporters, white supremacists, fascists and bigots of many varieties are planning a rally in MLK Civic Center Park on April 15th. Let’s show them there is no space for racism or fascism here in the Bay!

Come connect with other like-minded folks. Enjoy food, music, speakers and more. Bring food to share if you can!

April 15th, 10am-2pm
MLK Civic Center Park – Berkeley, CA

To help protect yourself from the alt-right and the state, bring a mask or other way to conceal your identity and bring your friends to have each other’s backs.


For more helpful information on staying safe and secure check out the following tips:

Message in a bottle. A quick tip pamphlet for street based resistance.
Staying Safer in the Streets: from MTL Counter-Info.

 


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