May 29, 2014
Deutsche Telekom (DT) activists in several German cities rallied last week to show support for their partners at T-Mobile locations in the U.S. who are pushing hard for CWA representation.
In Brüehl, Germany, ver.di activists and T-Mobile workers tell their U.S. counterparts, "you'll never walk alone."
In addition, a delegation of union members from Brüehl, Germany, joined their colleagues in Springfield, Mo. The activists are all members of ver.di, the German union representing 2 million workers, including workers at DT and T-Mobile. ver.di, working with CWA, is determined to support T-Mobile US workers in their bid for union representation.
TU members from the U.S. and Brüehl, Germany, gather outside T-Mobile's Springfield, Mo., call center, to show their support for a union voice.
On May 20-21, ver.di activists at worker meetings in Augsburg and Nürnberg, Bavaria, stood up for the two T-Mobile US workers in Albuquerque who were fired because of their union support. Activists wore t-shirts showing the faces of Amber Diaz and Josue Urrutia below the headline that screamed: "Fired for Organizing a Union at T-Mobile." Activists also handed out leaflets and circulated a petition calling on DT and T-Mobile management to keep "fingers off our union activists." More than 300 signatures were collected in just a few minutes.
T-Mobile activists from Brühl rallied with T-Mobile US call center workers in Springfield, Mo., while back in Brühl, workers collected signatures for a solidarity pledge and told the T-Mobile US workers, "you'll never walk alone."
In Bavaria, Germany, ver.di activists sign petitions and call on Deutsche Telekom to respect the rights of T-Mobile US workers.
The worker-to-worker partnerships between T-Mobile US workers and German union activists are growing stronger every day. Here's the current list: Nashville, TN – Dusseldorf; Charleston, SC – Berlin; Albuquerque – Bavaria; Wichita, KS – Dortmund; Springfield, MO – Brüehl; Texas – North Rhine Westphalia; and East Coast retail stores – North Rhine Westphalia.