Unions angry with T-Mobile USA policy on technicians


U.S. and global unions accused T-Mobile USA Inc. of embracing an anti-union policy here that would not be permitted in Germany where the wireless company's parent company is based. The Communications Workers of America said they and the Geneva-based Union Network International are protesting T-Mobile's alleged decision to fire 100 unionized technicians while keeping management employees on its payroll as it buys Cingular Wireless L.L.C.'s cellular network in California. The 100 workers, according to CWA, are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between Cingular and the union. Cingular had to sell the California system to gain regulatory approval of its $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc.