CHARLESTON, S.C. – On Saturday, Feb. 16, Communications Workers of America will host a forum spotlighting several local T-Mobile USA employees who will speak out about keeping good jobs in their community and T-Mobile’s attack on workers’ rights.
Adding urgency to workers’ job security concerns is T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Metro PCS, the fifth largest US wireless carrier, which outsources 100 percent of its customer service work to overseas call centers. Last year, T-Mobile closed seven U.S. call centers affecting 3,300 workers. The Labor Department certified that workers were entitled to trade adjustment assistance because T-Mobile USA offshored that work to the Philippines and Central America.
T-Mobile workers will be joined by their German counterparts, employees of T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telecom, who work at a call center in Berlin. German workers are visiting Charleston to see first-hand how T-Mobile treats their employees.
After hearing the workers’ testimony, the panel of community leaders will then comment and direct any questions they have to the workers.
WHAT: Forum on T-Mobile’s workplace conditions
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. – Noon
WHERE: CWA Local 3704, 1269 Yeoman Hall Road, Hanahan, S.C. 29410
WHO: Workers, community leaders and labor leaders. The panel will include:
-- John Paul Brown, Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
-- Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation
-- Larry Cohen, President of the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO
-- Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Candidate for U.S. Congress
-- Donna Dewitt, President of the South Carolina Alliance for Retired American and President Emeritus of the South Carolina AFL-CIO
-- George Hopkins, Charleston Chapter Coordinator of the S.C. Progressive Network
-- James B. Lewis, Pastor of Covenant Missionary Baptist Church
-- David Mack, Member of the South Caroline House of Representatives
-- Vic Rawl, Member of the Charleston County Council
-- Ken Riley, President of the South Carolina AFL-CIO and President of ILA Local 1422
-- Bill Saunders, Senior Staffer to Rep. Jim Clyburn
-- Dot Scott, President of the Charleston NAACP
-- Billy Yates, Regional Organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops