Working Assets Long Distance: Anti-union?

Jeff Walker jkw1199p at
Mon Aug 7 06:13:51 PDT 2000

From: "Michael Pollak" <mpollak at>
> my long distance operator was in fact Sprint. I was just reading an FT
> article on the looming strike against Verizon which referred to
> MCI-Worldcom and Sprint as "resolutely anti-union." Is this true? Does
> that mean I'd actually be doing more good handing over my money to ATT,
> which the article implied still had a strong union tradition?

WALD leases its lines from Sprint. Several years ago, there was an organizing campaign at a Spanish-language subsidiary of Sprint in San Francisco. The company shut down, fired all the workers, etc. and there was a massive unfair labor practice case, which I think we won.

When I signed up with WALD, I asked the person on the phone if they were union and he said they were (not that he'd be motivated to lie for my subscription!). I never dug too far to determine the truth but sort of pursued a don't ask, don't tell policy.

Personally, I think it's pretty much a wash, morally speaking. WALD does donate the money to some good organizations, not just the usual liberal groups.


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