August 5, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Wichita, KS – T-Mobile Workers United opened a field office here July 25, the first one in its campaign to organize the 50,000 workers in the T-Mobile US and MetroPCS cell-phone networks.
The TU Local 6457 organization is backed by the Communications Workers of America and the German union ver.di, which represents workers at T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom. The CWA calls it “a new kind of union,” following the model of OUR Walmart and the Fight for $15 campaigns—concentrating on winning smaller victories like paid parental leave and legal protections for organizing, before seeking full collective-bargaining rights. The opening “is proof of the momentum of our campaign to come together as workers and collectively bargain with our employer,” Angela Melvin, a customer service representative at T-Mobile’s call center in Wichita, said in a CWA statement. “We have come such a long way in building our union at T-Mobile, and I know there is much work to be done.” Read more