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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

AT&T Workers Must Really Hate Their Employer

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This is totally not medically related but I can't help putting in my two cents. I saw this while driving home and I had to do a double take. Here is an AT&T utility truck going down the road. You can tell it belongs to the phone company by its corporate insignia on the driver's door. You'll also notice on the back of the truck another AT&T corporate logo, this time with a thick black bar across its iconic blue and white globe. I was flabbergasted when I espied this truck.

Here are AT&T employees driving a company owned vehicle. Yet at the same time they have defiled their own company's logo as a political statement against the very company that is paying their paychecks. That is the definition of brazen. They essentially have turned a company car into a rolling billboard for their disgust with management. That would be the same as me walking around the city in hospital owned scrubs with a big slash across my hospital's name printed on my back.

Now I know union members can have confrontational relationships with their employers. How do I know the truck's occupants are union employees? Witness the blue and red sticker featured prominently on the back that reads "Live Better Work Union". But as far as I know there are currently no labor issues at AT&T. Also usually once a labor agreement has been reached the animosity is set aside, especially in public situations. There's also the question of employee loyalty. Even after the worst UAW strikes against the American auto makers, the employees still purchased the cars of the manufacturer they worked for, be it Ford, GM, or Chrysler.

When there are labor relationship issues in hospitals, public show of confrontation usually last only one or two days. Picket signs are confined to hospital sidewalks then promptly put away. Hospital employees don't drive around with inflammatory statements pasted on their cars, especially hospital owned vehicles. Either AT&T management doesn't mind how their employees are disparaging them in public or their employees don't care about how the airing of their dirty laundry can create a public perception of corporate chaos. Could this be the heart of the public perception of bad service at AT&T?