This week, a delegation of T-Mobile Workers United members traveled to Seattle to discuss their concerns about the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger with employee representatives from the Deutsche Telekom (DT) supervisory board. T-Mobile is owned by DT, and the supervisory board was in Seattle for a meeting with T-Mobile management.
At the meeting, the workers presented a letter addressed to DT CEO Timotheus Höttges calling for commitments from T-Mobile to ensure that the merger would not result in job loss or cuts to wages and commissions, to bring back outsourced jobs from overseas, and to stop management interference with their efforts to join together to form a union.
Mike Godshall, a T-Mobile United local steward and customer service representative at a T-Mobile call center in Wichita, Kan., said, "T-Mobile employees like me are worried about this merger and the impact it will have on our jobs."
At a Labor Day town hall in Seattle attended by the TU workers, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich criticized the T-Mobile/Sprint merger when asked about it by a TU member saying, "That T-Mobile/Sprint proposed merger should not ever be allowed to take place. You've got two irresponsible firms, they're virulently anti-union." He encouraged the workers to engage with the employee representatives on the supervisory board.
While in Seattle, the TU workers also visited an AT&T call center to discuss common issues that both T-Mobile and AT&T workers are facing. The TU members learned specific ways a union contract means more power to fight injustice and get respect, and shared with the AT&T Mobility workers how they are using their right to collective action to make their voice heard on important individual and group issues as they work toward union representation in their workplaces.
A delegation of T-Mobile Workers United members traveled to Seattle to discuss their concerns about the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger with employee representatives from the Deutsche Telekom (DT) supervisory board.