Friday, March 2, 2012

AT&T Occupation. Measuring Our Power Part 2.

In conflict, much of the battle is fought in the arena of perception. AT$T would like to appear as if the occupation at their door step is nothing but a nuisance. Revealing the effectiveness of our civil disobedience, peaceful direct action, rising engagement from Communication Workers of America (CWA) rank and file and growing occupation would not serve AT$T's interests.

Here is a letter that was sent broadly to AT$T employees:
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From: MCCLOUD-FRACIER, RENE
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:19 PM
To: Cochrane District Atlanta Protest

Afternoon All:

Please be advised that we have information that Occupy Atlanta is potentially preparing for activity at 2800 Century Center. The anticipated dates are next week, February 28th, 29th and 30th. CRE will have additional security on site next week as well as armed Atlanta Police Officers. Please make sure that when you are entering in the building that you have your ID badge visible and if anyone is entering behind you, please ensure that they have a company issued badge as well.

The doors on the first floor will be locked down effective on Monday, 2/27/12 so please ensure that you have your access card and ID badge as entry to the building will not be permitted without.

Thanks for your cooperation in the matter and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Rene McCloud-Frazier
Office Manager
Six Sigma Green Belt
ABS Customer Service
(O) 404-486-0647
(P) 770-873-9151
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Although it is wise for AT$T to expect us at other sites, an overreaction reveals their internal turmoil.

Another possible indication of the internal dynamics within AT&T was revealed by a recent posting on Craigslist in Atlanta looking for "Experienced Strike Agents". It is unclear what exactly these "former military or law enforcement" agents will be doing but considering there is no known strike happening in the city of Atlanta, one might assume that AT&T is willing to spend money on strike breakers but not the employees that built their company.

Atlanta Police Officer presence has been heavy at the 675 W Peachtree building and other buildings in the area... AT$T employees have stated that over 30 armed police officers are commissioned at the AT$T building because of the occupation. According to some of the officers they are being paid by AT$T for this work.

AT&T has a simple way to not only to deal with the immediate problem at their doorstep (and the potential regional expansion of this problem) but also to show the Atlanta community that they do indeed respect and value our local community: negotiate with the CWA and rescind the 740 proposed layoffs.