Even presidential candidates are weighing in on the reported problems T-Mobile is having with labor unions.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), who, while on the campaign trail has repeatedly decried corporate power and its influence on American politics, had this to say:
“T-Mobile’s repeated labor law violations and anti-union activities are particularly troubling given the long history of its parent company in Germany of respecting worker rights. In my view, we have got to make it easier, not harder, for workers at T-Mobile to form a union and collectively bargain for better wages and benefits.”
Mr. Sanders is hardly alone in his thinking. 25 members of the U.S. Congress wrote a letter to German chancellor Angela Merkel to try to to convince the German government to ensure that T-Mobile ends its ban on discussing sexual harassment and discrimination complaints with coworkers.
T-Mobile’s alleged anti-union activities have gotten the company in trouble before. The N.L.R.B. brought a complaint on behalf of Amber Diaz, which alleged T-Mobile had fired her in November 2013 for supporting a union. Without admitting wrongdoing, T-Mobile settled with Diaz to the tune of $30,000.