SBC communications and leaders of a striking union have returned to the bargaining table to try to reach a new contract.
Friday was the first day of a planned four-day walkout by members of the Communications Workers of America in Ohio and 12 other states.
Both sides say they're eager to resume negotiations. Marietta is one of the 11 Ohio cities where picket lines are set up.
"Their last contract offer guaranteed people jobs for three years," says Marietta shop steward Tracy Shook. "It's a five-year contract, and that's not going to stick with us. We want to keep our jobs and our health care, and make a good living."
Officials with San Antonio-based SBC and the CWA will hold negotiations in several cities, Austin and Chicago, plus New Haven, Connecticut, and Pleasanton, California.