AT&T workers plan protest at Apple’s iPhone launch event

About 100 AT&T workers will protest in front of the new Apple campus on Tuesday morning over the telecommunications giant’s offshoring retail and call-center jobs abroad.

Targeting the much-anticipated Apple product launch event, the AT&T workers, organized by the Communications Workers of America union, hope Apple can help pressure AT&T to the bargaining table. In addition to bringing back 12,000 outsourced jobs to the United States, CWA representatives hope for better job security and pay from AT&T.

The protest will begin between 9 to 9:30 a.m. and end at 10 a.m., when the Apple event is scheduled to begin. The workers will congregate at the entrance of the Apple campus on North Tantau Road.

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Many are planning to carry the signs “iMay get outsourced by AT&T,” playing off Apple’s famous “i-” trademarks.

Apple’s outsized importance to AT&T, thanks to the iPhone’s popularity, is why the protesters will be picketing in Cupertino, explained Tom Runnion, vice president of CWA’s California, Nevada and Hawaii branch. Apple products reportedly make AT&T $1 billion in profits.

“A majority of the products AT&T sells are Apple products,” said Runnion. “We are trying to make sure the public is aware of the fight we are having with AT&T. We want basic job security in face of rampant outsourcing.”

The CWA has been ramping up its protests against AT&T in recent months. In May, AT&T retail workers in San Francisco held a walkout and went on strike for three days.

AT&T spokesperson Marty Richter said that it is the only telecommunications provider in the United States that recognizes labor unions and provides higher-paying, full-time jobs.

Richter added that AT&T workers average $70,000 in yearly salary and benefits, with some earning over $115,000.

“As in all of our contract negotiations, we’re committed to working together with the union to reach a fair agreement that will allow us to continue to provide solid union careers with excellent wages and benefits,” Richter said.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Photo: This Oct. 17, 2012, file photo shows an AT&T logo on an AT&T Wireless retail store front in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)


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  • saimin

    They haven’t figured out that the iphone is made in China?

  • Roxy Balboa

    We sure have a lot of retards. Hope we have enough space in our mental institutions.