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CWA, OWS to march on T-Mobile store

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 3:16pm
Andrew Berg, Wireless Week

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) today issued a statement saying that "hundreds" of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters would march from Zuccotti Park in New York City to a nearby T-Mobile store to protest what the group calls "the cell phone carrier's anti-worker and union-busting tactics."

"For years, workers at T-Mobile, owned by the German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom, have struggled for the same workplace rights their colleagues in Germany already enjoy," the CWA wrote in its statement. "But T-Mobile has waged a campaign of intimidation and fear to stop employees from exercising their basic rights."

CWA has long contended that Deutsche Telekom's employees in Germany are allowed to unionize, while T-Mobile USA has fought to discourage workers from unionizing.

The group said that CWA members and OWS demonstrators will march to T-Mobile in lower Manhattan and deliver the message that "T-Mobile workers are the 99 percent. They won't stand for any more workplace intimidation."

T-Mobile could not be reached for comment prior to press time.

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