AT&T workers strike this weekend

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) AT&T workers across Southwest Virginia have launched a three-day strike. This comes after the company refused to present a proposal that protects jobs in the future.

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Workers want a better contract with affordable benefits and fair wages.

This the first time workers have gone on strike. It could impact retail stores across the country.

"The company still wants to predominantly outsource work. So these stores, like the one behind me that is Union represented, they want to convert into an authorized retail. When they convert into authorized retail, they won't have contract protection, less wages, not as good benefits," said Chuck Simpson, President of C.W.A 2204.

Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs across the U.S.