Nearly 40,000 AT&T employees could go on strike this weekend if the company and the CWA union do not reach an agreement by the 12:00 midnight deadline this Sunday. The main issues of contention range from healthcare benefits and pension cuts to weekend days off and vacation. The strike would affect landline workers at the AT&T East, Midwest, West and Legacy wireline units. Wireless workers would not be directly involved. Read more.
The potential AT&T strike highlights the need for a backup system that is truly independent. Here are some considerations:
- Have redundant service from a different carrier, utilizing a different “last-mile” route.
- Prepare for possible delays by identifying contingency plans, especially if you have an upcoming move or facility opening.
- Don’t assume you won’t be affected if AT&T is not your carrier. AT&T could provide the “last-mile” connection that your carrier uses between the central office and your business.
- Consider SIP Trunking, Wireless Backup and Cable alternatives.
- Diversify your primary and backup services.
- Consider outside expertise in setting up a robust backup and disaster recovery system to help navigate the complexity and pitfalls.