ATLANTA — More than 5,300 Cingular Wireless workers voted overwhelmingly Feb. 25 to authorize their union leadership to call legal work actions, including a possible strike, to press their demands upon the giant telecom firm. Eighty-eight percent of the workers voted “yes” on the authorization vote, the Communications Workers said.

The workers are working under a day-by-day extension of their expired contract. Bargaining began in mid-January. “Informal discussions are continuing, but bargainers are extremely dissatisfied with management’s response to workers’ key concerns about employment security, compensation for retail sales workers, job titles, monitoring and other issues affecting call center workers, tech issues, a fair wage increase and more,” said Teri Pluta, CWA District 4 bargaining chair.

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