The news that T-Mobile is planning to build five domestic customer experience centers if the proposed merger with Sprint is approved represents an attempt to obscure the fact that the merger would be a substantial net job killer for America.
While the companies’ new jobs commitment is a small step in the right direction and an acknowledgment that job loss concerns are directly relevant to the public interest standard used to review the transaction, the commitment is misleading. The companies’ pledge would still allow job cuts for authorized dealers, who comprise nearly 70 percent of the retail workers potentially affected by the merger in New York.
In a letter to Congressman Richard Neal the CWA notes that AT&T broke several promises to the American people and its workers by eliminating good, middle-class jobs -- after it lobbied for the tax bill on the premise of creating jobs and raising wages.
CWA joined a diverse coalition in support of the comprehensive package of democracy reforms that House Democrats have committed to bring to the floor as the first order of business in the new Congress.
In remarks at this week's Democracy Initiative Annual Meeting, CWA President Chris Shelton urged attendees to take on the power of corporate interests in our political system to build a system that represents all of our interests.
In their new filing to the NY PSC, CWA District 1 highlights that the companies fail to meet the public interest standard and details four areas of significant detriment to the public interest in New York if the merger proceeds.
The filing appears to largely abandon the company’s previous economic claims that the merger would accelerate nationwide 5G build-out, help bring high-speed broadband to rural America, and make T-Mobile into a super maverick, “Un-Carrier” competitor.