AT&T trying to shift some work
WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - A labor union representing about one-fourth of AT&T Corp.'s (NYSE:T - news) workforce said on Wednesday the telephone and cable television giant has trained technicians from other countries to handle network maintenance tasks currently performed by unionized workers in the United States.
The Communications Workers of America and the company will begin negotiations next week on labor contracts covering about about 28,000 unionized workers. The CWA plans to make job security a key topic in the labor talks.
The union alleged that foreign technicians have been trained at AT&T facilities in New York, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area to perform work in their own countries that currently is done by U.S. union members.
The ``highly technical network provisioning and maintenance'' work give those technicians access to the U.S. communications infrastructure and potentially the ability to monitor government and military circuits, the union alleged.
CWA also contended that AT&T warned employees against discussing company business with reporters, analysts or government officials.
This doesn't sound like you. You spread liberal propaganda on the LVLT message board, but this doesn't sound leftist at all.
A Former AT&T Customer
GR_Magic> The union movement ... [is] mainly a way to drive up a company's costs.
Date: 03/08/02 02:53 pm
Truly pathetic, Gr...what a sad little man. Sorry if I deflated your ego but you needed it.
The only thing deflated is your creditability.
"Just what does AT&T require in the way of degrees from "engineers and scientists" such as yourself?"
This was your question. Maybe you should have stayed in school instead of dropping out. Care to answer my question or are you too ashamed?
I ignore truth so I didn't see the question. Most engineers in the research areas have PhD's but some have MS's. In the applied areas that's reversed. Most have MS's and some have PhD's. These are mainly inengineering but also Operations Research, Math, Physics, etc.
How about you boys?
You're right, the union is not the only problem. I agree that the company is too top heavy. In my opinion, technical Districts should have 15-20 engineers working for them, more in software development areas. We should do what one of the RBOC's did a number of years ago and cut out a layer of management, probably Division. Directors should have 10-15 Districts reporting to them, etc.
Remember that in the technical areas 1st and 2nd level "managers" don't manage generally speaking. They do the technical work. They're the engineers, computer scientists, etc. that drive the company forward in terms of innovation, writing requirements, putting out RFI's for new technology, doing software development, etc.
Therefore, the management designated management needs to be divided into managers and workers to understand the real issue which is too small a span of control for managers.