Jul 17, 2014
You're not fooling anyone, T-Mobile US, says Pride@Work, an advocacy group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Labor and Allies.
It is not enough for TMUS to sponsor a float in a parade, as the corporation did last month for the Seattle Pride events, and earlier in Albuquerque as well. It also has to treat workers right.
Pride@Work is urging support for a petition demanding justice at T-Mobile:
[T]hings aren't always as they first appear.
T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, works hard to maintain the cool facade. Whether it's his bombastic manner, swilling energy drinks in public, or wearing sneakers with his suit, he projects an image that he's not your average corporate executive. But with $29 million in income in 2013, he's the second highest paid CEO in the wireless industry and makes 331 times the average T-Mobile worker.
T-Mobile has a record of off-shoring jobs and is under federal scrutiny for repeatedly violating federal labor law. Workers who wish to form a union are harassed, bullied, and even humiliated by company management. The National Labor Relations Board has repeatedly issued complaints against T-Mobile US for illegally firing and disciplining workers in stores and call centers nationwide simply because they tried to unionize.
LGBT workers, in particular, understand what it's like to work in a hostile, unfriendly workplace. They also understand that, in many states, the only workplace protections an LGBT person can get is by having a strong union contract. That's why workers from TU-CWA came out in force at the Seattle Pride parade last month to call out T-Mobile for its hypocricy and to demand #JusticeAtTMobile.