* CWA, Ver.di form new 'TUnion' for T-Mobile USA workers
* Ver.di to represent US workers, CWA to top Telekom execs
* CWA plans expanded push for dialogue with T-Mobile USA
WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - U.S. and German union leaders on Wednesday announced a trans-Atlantic alliance aimed at persuading Germany's giant Deutsche Telekomto allow collective bargaining at its subsidiary, T-Mobile USA.
Under the agreement, which U.S. labor officials called unprecedented, German trade union Ver.di will represent T-Mobile USA workers and the Communications Workers of America in talks with Deutsche Telekom managers in Bonn.
CWA, which has been unable to establish representation at T-Mobile USA, the No. 4 U.S. mobile phone service, said it would also launch a new effort to organize workers and open a dialogue with the subsidiary's managers.
CWA President Larry Cohen said the alliance would create a new labor organization called TUnion that would seek to end what he called a "double standard" between Deutsche Telekom's healthy labor relations in Europe and anti-labor practices in the United States.
The U.S. union accuses T-Mobile USA of subjecting union supporters on its payroll to illegal surveillance and intimidation.
Representatives of T-Mobile USA had no immediate comment.
"We expect Deutsche Telekom to operate far above the minimum in the United States," Cohen told reporters.
"We're really here to say to multinational companies, in this case Deutsche Telekom, we're tired of the face of cooperation in Germany ... and then the stick in the United States, the club of intolerance." (Reporting by David Morgan, editing by Matthew Lewis)
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