Contracts covering some 45-hundred Connecticut AT&T installers, call center employees, yellow pages workers, and others expire at midnight Saturday.
Points of contention include retirement and health benefits.AT&T says it has managers and outside vendors ready to step-in, if there’s a strike.
Bill Henderson, with Local 1298 of the Communications Workers of America, says talks continue, but workers are prepared to walk out. “No one wants to go on strike, especially in a bad economy. But sometimes you have no option. Sometimes we’re faced with issues we have to deal with. My feeling is no one wins in a strike, especially not the worker, but there’s very little a worker can do today to fight back.”