Me and 3 other coworkers were suspended 2 weeks ago for having breakfast on the job. We are ATT technicians so we work out in the field. Breakfast is common practice among at least 90% of employees who work in outside plant. This would also include members of management. Our past 2 managers were openly aware of our morning breakfast even saying in the morning meetings while passing out work "after you guys go to the taco house, go check on this". A manager and a recently retired manager even commented that they were "shocked" and "everybody does it". Anot her coworker in our crew enjoys reporting people to the HR department and that's what he did so it went way over management's head. Do you think we have a case being that everyone has been doing breakfast for years and that management was aware of what we were doing? I just wanted to add that we were all above satisfactory so eating breakfast did not affect our job performance. Also the union rep said there were rumors flying around that the company has decided to fire only 1 of us. Can they fire just one to make an example and let the others return? They've had us in limbo since April 13th. We were notified we have our day in court meeting this Thursday. The reason that we were given was falsifying time e reports but the jobs that we charged to for that day were completed, not to mention the fact that management has us falsifying time on a daily basis. For example when there's an electrical storm we cannot work so we have to sit it out in our trucks but are not allowed to charge to the actual code in our MSOC because it takes away from their budget. We have to just charge to the job were on even if we can't work. They also have us go check on whether cable has been placed or go put away a splice without a job to charge to so we have to just charge off time on a job we've completed or are going to work on later that day. Moving out of one vehicle to another and be told to charge to some of the time you had on another job instead of charging to lost time for moving vehicles. These are just a few of the many ways we are advised to falsify our time reports. Also, do you know if ATT offers severance pay for terminated employees?
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