CWA’s Statement on the NLRB’s Decision on T-Mobile’s T-Voice Program

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

We are dismayed that President Trump's appointees to the NLRB have overruled Judge Steckler's determination that T-Mobile created an illegal company-controlled workplace organization called T-Voice.

The Board has chosen to ignore T-Mobile's own description of the responsibilities of company-appointed T-Voice representatives for soliciting the concerns of other workers, communicating those concerns to management, and bringing a resolution back to the workers. Those activities clearly fall within the National Labor Relations Act's definition of a labor organization, and T-Mobile's role in creating and funding T-Voice was clearly unlawful.

T-Mobile's use of this anti-union tactic undermines the real work that T-Mobile employees have been doing to join together to improve working conditions. This is another decision from the Trump Administration that adds to management’s toolbox of tactics that thwart the Act’s actual purpose: giving workers real power over their working conditions.

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