Commentors who took AT&T's side appear to be mostly non-union workers and shareholders. The non-union employees, mainly managerial employees, said they would have to carry the burden of work should the union go on strike. These employees said they potentially could be sent away from their families to striking areas to fill in for union employees, without receiving additional compensation.
The shareholders argue that a strike would be detrimental to operations, and they want healthcare costs to come down to offset losses in the landline division. They argued that AT&T would not make profit projections, if current benefits packages remained unchanged.
Others simply couldn't believe there was talk of a strike during the difficult economic time the country and world are experiencing.
Here are some of the most compelling posts:
"You're exactly the problem with corporations these days. You don't want to work, you don't think you have to work, so you don't. Then you wonder why the companies are cutting back. You have to change with the times just like the CEO's do. Everyone is suffering these days, not just you."
"No, I think that AT&T 'thought' they had hired responsible, considerate, educated, mature humans! BUT, apparently, this type of work environment (yes, very strict , regimented and scheduled) is too much for some of these 'mama's kids' to handle. They don't like being told what to do, when to do it. We all started out in centers like this, and no, they're not fun, If you do the job you're hired to do , then you'll be fine. I worked in a call center for 3 years, did a good job then transferred out. There were a couple of people in our office that constantly complained, went against every rule, so they were treated like babies ! Just like they acted ! Their call!"
"no, MOOCH = the union members who sit around and click their clickers, walking around outside with thier stupid signs, when they should be inside working. MOOCH = the hundreds of employees that take advantage of the fact that AT&T pays sick time and dissability. MOOCH = the union reps that have been out of the office for the past 2 months on 'bargaining assignments' while their 'fellow workers' are covering their jobs.
The SCABS (as you put it) are the employees who are here everyday, doing their jobs, thankful for the money & benefits AT&T pays them. The SCABS will be the ones who are here during a strike, doing the job AT&T pays them to do.
SCABS are the ones with perfect attendance. SCABS are the ones sitting at their desk , doing their jobs, while the others are walking around with thier noise makers. SCABS are the employees that appreciate the fact they have a job and are willing to give 100%
I'm proud to be the latter!!!"
"All I see on this board is bashing of the company. A bunch of people complaining about everything, except for how lucky they are to still be employed. I would imagine that once the contracts are all signed and sealed, the company will start rearranging, in other words, cleaing house. The retirement benefits are the only benefits the union should be fighting for, because those are the ones we will be needing...soon!"
"Why does everyone think that the profits AT&T makes should go back into the employees hands? Do you just think that the company keeps those profits and divides them into the leadership committee? How do you think AT&T can afford to expand, which means increasing their revenue and having to pay more employees to run operations? Sounds like a lot of you don't understand how corporations are run. why don't you just do your jobs and leave the managing of the company to the management."