Do the lives of Utility Workers matter? Sure they do! But maybe not to some of their employers. Some employers, such as AT&T, have policies against the carrying of weapons while on duty. As one AT&T employee put it, “AT&T has a policy against fighting back.” That policy was evident on Monday November 28th, 2016 when an AT&T employee was shot during an attempted robbery in Berwyn, Illinois.
According to a press release from the City of Berwyn…
The victim was working on electrical panels in the 6300-block of Park Avenue around 11 a.m. when a male approached and demanded his wallet. When the worker tossed his wallet and attempted to flee, the suspect shot him the back.
This incident is proof that the merciless show no mercy. Even though the victim complied, he was still shot. The victim was left, by his employer, with no other choice but to be a victim. While I was unable to obtain a copy of the AT&T employee manual, one AT&T employee stated that their weapons policy is as follows…
Never bring weapons or firearms on company premises, in company vehicles, or in personal vehicles on company premises including parking lots and garages. In addition, never bring a weapon or firearm with you or store one in a vehicle while you are on company business. The exceptions to this ban are very limited.
Not only is this incident proof that the merciless show no mercy, but that the government can not protect us, therefore we are responsible for our own protection. This is the purpose for laws such as the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Licensing Act. However even though the law is on the books, AT&T employees are forbidden from carrying the necessary tools to defend themselves against an armed attack. So I ask, do Utility Worker Lives Matter?
Yes they do. That is why as a law abiding gun owner in Illinois, it is our responsibility to see that this company policy is changed to allow, those who choose, to carry the necessary tools to defend themselves against a merciless attacker. That is why it is our responsibility as the law abiding gun owners of Illinois to contact AT&T as well as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 21, to ensure that this policy is changed immediately. The IBEW should be fighting for the very basic right to life of their brotherhood. Your immediate action is necessary to change AT&T company weapon policy to allow employees to conceal carry.
In a recent tweet by IBEW 21 ( https://twitter.com/IBEWTwentyOne/status/803359557334564864 ), they stated that, “they are praying for their brother”. Perhaps prayers wouldn’t be necessary if your brother were allowed the means to defend himself.
Please write a polite letter to AT&T as well as the IBEW Local 21 at the following…
AT&T Employee Resources
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 21
President, Paul T Wright
1307 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, IL 60515