AT&T employees in Fresno protested outside of the company’s Blackstone Avenue store Wednesday as part of a statewide union protest for better wages and benefits.
About 25 protesters still stood outside the business late Wednesday after others left. The protest lasted from about 5 to 7 p.m.
Employees and their children held signs on the sidewalk that read, “We demand better jobs at AT&T Mobility” and “More work, less pay? No Way!”
Workers from inside the Blackstone Avenue store came on their break and lunch to stand beside their fellow workers.
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“We’re just trying to show the company that we mean business,” said Zachary Couch, first vice president of Communications Workers of America Local 9408.
The larger protest includes 17,000 AT&T employees in California and Nevada who have been working under extended contracts for over a year. That number includes AT&T wireless, AT&T wireline and DIRECTV employees, the union said.