A labor union representing AT&T workers says more than 20,000 AT&T workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut have gone on strike to protest the company's labor practices.
The phone company is negotiating new contracts with the Communications Workers of America, but Tuesday's strikes aren't formally related to the negotiations. The strikes will likely last a few days, as opposed to strikes related to bargaining that can be indefinite.
The workers are on the landline side of the company. AT&T says it's well prepared to handle the disruption.
The contracts for the West district, covering California and Nevada, and East, covering Connecticut, expired in April. Negotiations have been going on since February. On Monday, AT&T reached a tentative agreement with CWA's Southeast district, covering former BellSouth territory and 22,000 landline workers.