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T-Mobile Found Guilty Of Violating ABQ Workers' Rights

Mar 20, 2015

Several cases against T-Mobile are still pending on behalf of workers at a call center in Albuquerque.
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T-Mobile’s corporate policies violated the rights of their employees, including those who work in New Mexico, according to a court ruling this week.

There are 550 people working at a T-Mobile call center in Albuquerque.

Several of them complained to the National Labor Relations Board saying they were prohibited from talking to each other about how much they get paid and other things.

Candice Johnson is with Communications Workers of America, which filed a lawsuit. She says several workers were disciplined or fired for banding together and demanding better wages.

“Workers were always told, 'Don’t take any leaflets or information from activists that might be leafleting outside our call center because we’re watching you,'” Johnson said. “It was a very chilling atmosphere.”

T-Mobile has been ordered to do away with 11 policies that a labor judge said violate free speech and workers rights.

The company would not comment but has four weeks to appeal the ruling.