AT&T is hiring for thousands of positions. At the same time, tens of thousands of its current
employees have been working without a contract for almost four months now, with AT&T first pushing for pay cuts and increased health care premiums. Help "make sure AT&T stays on the high road," the Communication Workers of America implores its members on its website, "providing good, middle-class jobs." And on that score, the company does have a good record.
AT&T is the largest union employer in the nation, and it has the above-market salaries to prove it. At the bottom, a retail sales consultant takes home an average of $13.40 an hour, according to Glassdoor.com. But as soon as you move into more technical positions, the average annual compensation gets impressively magnanimous: