T-Mobile must commit to respect workers' right to join a union

As the trial over the T-Mobile-Sprint merger opened on Monday, CWA members and representatives from Free Press, Common Cause, and Consumer Reports gathered outside the courthouse to express their concerns about the merger and show their support for the 14 state attorneys general who filed the lawsuit to block the merger.

CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor and T-Mobile Workers United (TU) members Mike Godshall from Wichita, KS, and Mark Jenkins from Bellingham, WA, thanked the attorneys general for their commitment to protect workers and consumers from the job loss and higher prices that could result from this merger.

Trainor noted that T-Mobile has made many promises to get the merger approved, but that the only way to enforce promises on jobs is through a collective bargaining agreement. "With union representation in T-Mobile workplaces, CWA would be able to track any job cuts after the merger and to hold T-Mobile accountable," Trainor said. "That is why CWA has been clear that T-Mobile must commit to respect its workers' right to organize. This would give workers at the new T-Mobile free choice to join a union, which is a necessary condition to protect good jobs at the company after the merger."

As the trial over the T-Mobile-Sprint merger opened on Monday, CWA members and other groups gathered outside the courthouse to express their concerns about the merger and show their support for the 14 state attorneys general who filed the lawsuit to block the merger. [Photos courtesy of Colin Hull.]

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T-Mobile must commit to respect workers' right to join a union (CWA, Dec. 12, 2019)