The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 May 2004

It's here, it's short, get used to it

Communications Workers of America will walk off the job at SBC Friday just after midnight, but the union said its members will return Tuesday morning.

As strikes go, this is both fairly short — SBC was struck for three weeks in 1983 — and decidedly unusual: how often does a union tell you exactly how long they'll be on strike? A good-faith gesture, perhaps, but in my opinion a fairly strange one.

Posted at 6:55 PM to Dyssynergy

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I've been watching this CWA-SBC waltz for a little while and can't help but get the feeling that the union really has lost most of the leverage they possessed in times past. It would explain the "symbolic" strike.

I'm more curious as to how effective the threatened "carrier switch" program would be. Personally, I don't think most folks would bother. My bet is that people have grown tired of telecommunications customer theft schemes.

Posted by: Interested-Participant at 9:32 PM on 19 May 2004

Were it not for number portability, no one at all would bother, I suspect.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:10 PM on 19 May 2004

I have a coworker whose wife works for SBC. She's a manager, so she deploys to Kansas City for 3 weeks (we're in St. Louis) where she will do the job of 10 people (12 hour days, 7 days a week) for the duration of that time.

The union offers such a nice take on the issue, as unions who've outlived their usefulness often do. If I find the link, I'll come back and post it. Basically, it's a See n' Say take-off - you pull the virtual string, and the corporate "talking head" gives you the spiel.


Posted by: hln at 7:23 AM on 20 May 2004

The strike was specifically timed for the major storm which hit the Milwaukee area today, leaving phone lines down thruout the area.

Posted by: triticale at 6:59 PM on 21 May 2004