CWA District 9 has filed a motion with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) seeking to represent the interests of workers and consumers during the state's review of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger.
"The merger would result in nearly 3,200 job losses in California and more than 28,000 job losses across the country," said District 9 Vice President Tom Runnion. "Meanwhile, the reduction in competition would lead to higher consumer prices, especially for price-conscious pre-paid wireless customers."
Earlier this month, CWA members drew attention to T-Mobile and Sprint's misleading claims about job creation as a result of the merger at a rally outside of Sprint's headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.
In addition to engaging in the review process in California, CWA is urging the Federal Communications Commission to reject the merger unless it includes verifiable and enforceable commitments that no T-Mobile or Sprint employees will lose their jobs as a result of the merger. The FCC must also ensure that the companies will commit to return all overseas customer call center jobs to the U.S., abide by all labor and employment laws, and maintain neutrality in allowing their employees to form a union of their own choosing, free from any employer interference.