RIGHT NOW: Activists Risking Arrest at AT&T to Stop Layoffs

Dozens of people are storming the AT&T headquarters in Atlanta, risking arrests to stop 740 layoffs. Tents being pitched outside. Here's the Livestream: http://livestream.com/occupyAtlanta And here's background from Tim Franzen of Occupy Atlanta, who's there right now:

AT&T recently announced the “surplus” of 740 union AT&T jobs despite their revenues soaring to $126.7 billion and a CEO that made over $27 million in 2011.

30 activists just entered the AT&T Atlanta headquarters and are refusing to leave until every single greedy layoff is rescinded. Simultaneously, an occupation with tents is being set up outside of the building.

Watch the Occupation of AT&T now: http://livestream.com/occupyAtlanta

This is being led by Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Communication Workers of America, American Friends Service Committee, and Occupy Atlanta.

This kind of escalation and boldness is rare for a union in the South!

AT&T announced they would lay off these 740 workers just days after they sent all their employees letters thanking them for helping ATT to make record profits, while AT&T's CEO has never been paid more. It's clear that AT&T will lay off these union workers to replace them contract workers who they can jerk around.

Multinational Corporations like AT&T have been undermining workers standards of living for decades. If we stand up for union jobs with AT&T we can stand up for a future where there's enough for everyone; a future that creates space for all of us to thrive. Lift up the South, lift up this nation.

Let's not get it twisted, there's enough resources to go around. The crisis isn't about resources, it's about economic priority. It's time that the 99% stand up to the unprecedented wealth consolidation that has been robbing our communities. Together we can take these 740 jobs off the chopping block. Let this action be the beginning of a movement to put human need above corporate greed in a very real tangible way.

It’s time to bring the energy from Wisconsin into the South and it’s time to unite the Occupy movement with concrete worker struggles across the country.

Call AT&T to rescind all of the 740 proposed layoffs now: 205-977-0722 Michael Matthews Vice President Southeast Labor Relations

Send a personal e-mail message about these layoffs to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson here: randall.stephenson@att.com

Contribute to the Occupy Atlanta Legal fund to support actions like this: https://www.wepay.com/donations/65516

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