NEW YORK (AP) - Some AT&T workers in California and Nevada are walking off the job to protest a memo that the union says impugned their work performance.
The phone company and the Communications Workers of America are negotiating a new contract, but Friday's protest is a one-day affair and not directly related to the negotiations.
Libby Sayre, area director in a union district that covers 18,000 workers in the two states, says a memo from an executive threatened layoffs unless performance improves. Sayre says, "People had been working without a contract for a long time and were in no mood for inflammatory rhetoric."
Sayre doesn't know how many members are participating.
AT&T spokesman Marty Richter says the company is working with the union and trying to get employees back to their jobs.
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