Overland Park, Kan. – Local workers and community members held a “save our jobs” rally on Friday morning to highlight the local and national jobs at risk if the T-Mobile/Sprint Merger goes through as presently constructed. The rally preceded a Friday “town hall” event at Sprint’s Overland Park headquarters, where T-Mobile CEO John Legere and COO Mike Sievert addressed Sprint employees about the company’s proposed merger with T-Mobile.
Recent analysis by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) found that 28,000 jobs nationwide and 4,122 jobs in the Kansas City metro area alone are at risk if the merger goes through as presently constructed.
CWA Local 6450 President Sarah Harreus, who works for AT&T Legacy T, said: “T-Mobile CEO John Legere must listen to this company’s workers and Kansas City community members and address our concerns with concrete actions if he wants this merger to go through.”
According to Judy Ancel, an activist from Jobs with Justice: “Mergers are supposed to be in the public’s interest. If this proposed merger goes through as-is, 4,100 people here in Kansas City, and 28,000 nationwide may lose their jobs. Imagine the harm to our community here in Kansas City if 4,100 people lose their jobs.”
- Read CWA’s substantive filing and analysis to the FCC here, which shows that the merger will result in the loss of more than 28,000 jobs, including 4,122 jobs in the Kansas City metro area.
- See CWA’s analysis of the 50 metro areas projected to see the greatest total of lost jobs here.
- While T-Mobile CEO Legere and COO Sievert are the speakers at the Sprint town hall, the recent news that T-Mobile is hiring former CenturyLink executive Sunit Patel to oversee the Sprint merger is, perhaps, the most telling recent storyline involving the merger and T-Mobile executives. Patel was previously Chief Financial Officer at CenturyLink, where he helped to oversee the company’s merger with Level 3. Following that merger, CenturyLink laid off approximately 1,000 employees, two percent of its workforce, with a company spokesperson admitting that “the combination of two large companies … creates redundant positions that must be addressed to remain competitive.”