AT&T call center employees strike in Pueblo

AT&T call center employees strike in...

PUEBLO, Colo. - More than 170 workers walked out of the AT&T call center in Pueblo Friday afternoon hoping to defend the future of their jobs.

About 50 demonstrators were across from the Pueblo police station just down the street from the call center.

More demonstrators were at the AT&T retail store in Pueblo and the Cricket store as well.

AT&T union rep Beverly Shelton says she has seen coworkers jobs be outsourced and wants to help protect their futures.
"We're hoping AT&T will look at all the circumstances and look how important we are. We are the front line we're the ones that do the work and look how important we are and show how they care for us," Shelton said.

The AT&T public relations manager sent a statement saying, "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."

This demonstration comes a month after the Express Scripts call center in Pueblo shut down and caused a loss of 300 jobs in the community.

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