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AT&T workers in 3 states launch short strike

NEW YORK — A labor union representing AT&T workers says more than 20,000 in California, Nevada, and Connecticut have gone on strike to protest the company’s labor practices.

The phone company is negotiating new contracts with the Communications Workers of America, but Tuesday’s strikes are not formally related to the negotiations. The strikes may last a few days.

The workers are employed on the landline side of the company. AT&T said that it is well prepared to handle the disruption.

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Contracts for the West district, covering California and Nevada, and the East, covering Connecticut, expired in April. Negotiations have been going on since February.

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On Monday, AT&T reached a tentative agreement with CWA’s Southeast district, which covers former BellSouth territory and 22,000 landline workers.

Associated Press