ATT: Stop Outsourcing Jobs

Target: Randall Stephenson, chairman, CEO and president of AT&T Inc.

Goal: Guarantee worker protections against outsourcing.

AT&T is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, yet it wants you to believe it can’t afford to pay its workers a decent, living wage. For months, the company has been in tense talks with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), culminating in a three day strike from May 19 through to the 21st.

One of the reasons for the strike was the company’s refusal to guarantee its workers won’t be outsourced. The union’s fears are well justified. The company has already been accused of outsourcing over 8000 jobs, replacing decent positions with subcontractors. Outsourcing is one of the biggest threats to American workers today, with companies looking to move as many of their operations as possible to developing countries, where wages are much lower. AT&T is one such company. In recent years, the company has decided it would rather move many of its call centers off U.S. soil, and outsource to countries like Mexico, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, according to the CWA.

“AT&T has cut over 12,000 call center jobs since 2011 and closed at least 29 centers,” the CWA stated in a fact sheet.

This practice is great for the company, as it allows them to pay their foreign workers a fraction of what they’d have to fork out for American employees. However, its ordinary Americans that are forced to suffer so AT&T can boost its profit margins.

Outsourcing doesn’t just impact the thousands of workers it leaves jobless. It also impacts entire communities, who are left with rising unemployment, and weaker economies. Each job lost is a client lost for local businesses. It’s one less American who can afford to support local restaurants, shops and other services. It’s one less taxpayer, and one more person on the dole line.

AT&T needs to give its workers a fair deal, and guarantee they’ll stop the horrific practice of outsourcing. If you agree, please sign this petition.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Stephenson,

You preside over one of the world’s most successful companies. AT&T is a giant of the telecommunications world, and a major employer across the U.S. It’s therefore disappointing that your company refuses to guarantee worker protections against the terrible practice of outsourcing.

AT&T has already cut more than 12,000 jobs since 2011, outsourcing 8000 of those to sub contractors and offshore offices, according to data from the Communications Workers of America (CWA). This is a major blow to American workers, who are already struggling with the rising cost of living, stagnant wages and a tough economic climate. On the other hand, AT&T seems to be doing just great.

Indeed, AT&T’s profits seem to come at the expense of its workers. While American workers are laid off, the company has already started outsourcing to countries like Mexico, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, according to the CWA.

We all know why the company does this: to save cash when it comes to worker pay.

This is unacceptable. A good company is one that shares its success with its employees, instead of giving ordinary workers a raw deal. We therefore urge you to agree to the CWA’s demands for worker protection against outsourcing. It’s just the right thing to do.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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