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  • cwalivesthedream cwalivesthedream Mar 7, 2002 9:56 AM Flag


    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.

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