According to research conducted by sociologists Tom Juravich and Essie Ablavsky of the University of Massachusetts Labor Center, corporate awards are largely self-serving and neither objective nor scientific. The research highlights the case of T-Mobile which claims to be the recipient of at least 47 “best of” awards from 2011 to 2013.
Deutsche Telekom (DT) claims to respect workers’ rights. In Germany, perhaps. In the United States, however, DT allows T-Mobile US (TMUS) to attack workers’ rights and to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in the workplace.
In February 2013, T-Mobile employees from across the country testified in front of a group of leaders gathered in Charleston, SC, about working conditions at T-Mobile. Workers talked about the stress they deal with every day, which includes the fear of losing their jobs due to arbitrary performance standards, and the concern that they will be retaliated against if they show support for the union. This report details the event in Charleston, the issues workers face at T-Mobile, and some recommendations to make T-Mobile better.
Read this great article about Deutsche Telekom in the United States and the campaign for workers' rights at T-Mobile US.
Employees at Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, are working in a pressure cooker atmosphere to meet almost impossibly difficult performance standards. That is a key finding of a new survey which lists a catalogue of abuse against Deutsche Telekom’s global staff located outside of Germany, including threatening behaviour, bullying, and humiliation.
T-Mobile cuts costs by slashing jobs in the United States and sending them overseas. T-Mobile offshores work in an effort to fatten their bottom line, but the real cost of this practice falls on workers, communities, and customers.
Since entering the U.S. market in 2001, Deutsche Telekom has allowed its subsidiary T-Mobile US to conduct a systematic campaign to prevent employees from exercising their right to organize. Find out more about T-Mobile's anti-union tactics.
At T-Mobile, workers face unrealistic sales expectations, constantly changing performance metrics, and the fear that comes with a lack of job security. Workers have complained that performance metrics do not take into consideration the daily issues that they face, and that even the most skilled workers have difficulty meeting some metrics. Workers at T-Mobile have no input in the development of these measures. Find out more about the stressful working conditions at T-Mobile USA.
The bilingual report (English and German) gives an overview of T-Mobile USA union avoidance tactics, its justification for interference with workers' decisions to organize, and the reactions of various observers. It includes statements and letters from German unionists as well as U.S. and German politicians. Download the bilingual version
This report details ways in which some European multinational firms, like Deutsche Telekom have carried out aggressive campaigns to keep workers in the United States from organizing and bargaining, violating international standards and, often, US labor laws.
In this report, the American Rights at Work Education Fund exposes a systematic campaign to prevent employees from forming a union by T-Mobile USA and its parent company, German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom.