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aily - Tuesday, August 9, 1983 - Page 5

Telephone
operators
on strike
nationwide
(Continued from Paoe 1)
divestiture of the Bell system into
regional companies, which could cause
jobs to be eliminated.
Union members are calling for AT &
T to relocate employees whose jobs are
jeopardized.
Three workers picketing the local
Bell office last night said the main issue
in the strike is job pressure. Operators
are required to answer one phone call
every 23 seconds which is stressful, said
picketer Ed West, a Bell operator.
"THERE ISN'T a day that goes by
that (management) doesn't remind you
of that," said West.
Nationwide there have been a few in-
cidents of vandalism linked to the
strike. On Sunday, about 600 Southfield
residents lost their phone service when
a two-inch cable was allegedly cut by
picketing workers, officials said.
Bell officials said the damage was
deliberate. Service was repaired. by
yesterday morning, officials said.
The last nationwide telephone strike
occured in 1971 and continued for a
week. In 1955, a nationwide strike
lasted 72 days.
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uted to this story.
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yesterday.
High teeh won't cut service jobs

(Continued from Page 3)
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