Strike May Loom at Avaya US

It’s not just the UK that has problems with outsourcing jobs overseas as The Denver Post reports that tension is rising at Avaya’s two metro Denver offices as about 700 union workers in Colorado prepare for a potential national strike when their contract expires May 27.

A dozen workers walked an informational picket line Thursday morning at the company’s Highlands Ranch campus off C-470 and Lucent Boulevard.

At the Westminster campus, employees held signs saying “It’s all about jobs” during their work breaks last Thursday, said Dave Minshall, a Communications Workers of America union spokesman.

Union workers want a job-security clause in their new contract because they believe the company wants to send their jobs overseas. Avaya spokesman Scott Horne said Thursday, “There is no plan to do that.”

Avaya has about 2,800 CWA union employees working at Avaya offices around the country, with the highest number in Colorado. Avaya laid off about 80 workers in Denver in February and March.

“The company is pushing us to go out on strike. We don’t want to,” said Brook Harned, a call- center technician at the Highlands Ranch office whose husband is also an Avaya employee. “I’m afraid of it.”

“They’re outsourcing all our jobs overseas,” said Dawn Barraco, a union organizer who said she has worked for Avaya and its predecessors, Lucent Technologies and AT&T, for more than 25 years.

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