CWA Fights to Protect Jobs in T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger
On Monday, CWA asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect jobs during the approval process for the T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger. “Clearly, many feel that protecting U.S. jobs is in the public interest,” said CWA Senior Director George Kohl. “The FCC should impose specific conditions protecting T-Mobile employment.”
CWA has been fighting for jobs at T-Mobile since the company began firing workers in fall 2011 and accelerated the downsizing with the closure of 7 call centers in June that displaced more than 3,300 workers. In its FCC filing, CWA notes with concern that MetroPCS currently outsources all of its customer care, billing, payment processing and logistics operations.
In a town hall meeting on November 28 at the Albuquerque-Menaul call center, top T-Mobile USA managers, including CEO John Legere, criticized CWA for opposing the merger. The truth is that CWA wants the merger approved on the following three conditions:
- No U.S. employees lose their jobs as a result of the proposed Transaction;
- Network maintenance continue to be provided by U.S. employees; and
- Work previously sent offshore by T-Mobile and MetroPCS will be returned to the U.S.
Several public interest organizations representing 20 million Americans also asked the FCC to impose conditions on the merger that preserve and grow jobs here in the United States, as well as bring back jobs from overseas. These organizations include the NAACP, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Sierra Club, the National Consumers League, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the Center for Community Change, Jobs With Justice, and USAction. These organizations represent more than 20 million U.S. households.
Mayors of Tampa, Charleston, and Richmond joined these organizations to urge conditions on the proposed deal. According to Kohl, “We are all asking the FCC to make this a ‘growth and opportunity merger’ for U.S. workers too.”
This spring-summer, T-Mobile denied the company was offshoring jobs. The Department of Labor believed otherwise and approved Trade Adjustment Assistance because the jobs were going abroad. T-Mobile is now denying the merger will result in job loss. Is that believable?
T-Mobile workers are fighting back by signing a petition to Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann and T-Mobile CEO John Legere that asks for a commitment to protect T-Mobile jobs and return outsourced MetroPCS jobs to the merged company.
Together, we must stand up to T-Mobile and stop them from sending more jobs overseas and devestating more workers and communities.