As we noted earlier this week
, AT&T faces a significant strike if they can't agree with the CWA on a new contract to replace the one expiring this weekend. Several users have sent in this rather amusing Wall Street Journal
report that covers AT&T's preparations for a potential strike. AT&T says that the company has "a substantial work force of well-trained managers and vendors in place" should existing support and install employees strike, but those filling in are spending the week taking crash courses in everything from how to unload a ladder from a truck to -- "manhole gasses." "After a week of training, the only thing I have retained is how to add adult programming," says one training attendee.