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Teamsters Local 959 members walk off job Monday in Fairbanks

Published: Jun. 7, 2022 at 4:56 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - INFORMATION UPDATED, June 9, 2022: Since Tuesday evening, we have received a written statement from AT&T regarding teamster members walking off the job late Monday in Fairbanks.

A spokesperson with the corporation wrote that they are disappointed the Teamsters Union walked off of the job and were advised that these union members will return.

According to the AT&T spokesperson, " We will continue bargaining in good faith, and we look forward to ongoing, productive discussions to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.”

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

ORIGINAL STORY, June 7, 2022: Thirty members of Teamsters Local 959 walked off their jobs late Monday in Fairbanks, citing an unfair labor practice.

The union members were employed by AT&T Alascom.

According to a press release from the union, the workers are objecting to unilateral changes to working conditions AT&T made without bargaining with their union.

In Alaska, AT&T owns and operates the Alascom telecommunications infrastructure which supports the operations of the Alyeska Pipeline, security and defense systems and many communities throughout the state.

President of Local 959, Eileen Witmer says the member’s contract with AT&T has expired, and that federal law requires the company bargain with the worker’s representatives before changing work conditions.

Local 959 business agent, Dave Nichols, says the workers walked off the job as a “wake-up call to demand that AT&T stop violating federal labor laws.”

We reached out to AT&T for comment, but have not received a response before deadline.

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