CWA Opposes T-Mobile/Sprint Merger, Asks States to Investigate
The Communications Workers of America believe the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger will lead to as many as 28,000 job loses nationwide. The union has written the attorneys general in all 50 states asking them to investigate the deal and weigh in on the pros and cons at a local level. The CWA, which has 700,000 members, has detailed which metro regions are likely to be most severely impacted and predicts the bulk of job losses will be due to retail store closures. The attorneys general of California and New York have already begun to look into the matter. In the letter, CWA President Christopher Shelton "expressed concern" that the deal would "result in substantial harm to consumers and employees." Sprint and T-Mobile insist they need to merge in order to better compete against market leaders AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint President Marcelo Claure believe the merger will lead to more job gains than loses, though they admit some 3,200 retail jobs will likely be lost. The deal is still being reviewed by the FCC and Justice Department.
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Oh, that's right, T-Mobile isn't held hostage by the CWA. That's the ONLY reason they want it blocked.
The CWA needs to shut it.
They Won’t Succeed
I suppose those who are trying to blockade know this already; nevertheless, they’re hoping to get some sort of monetary compensation, like iPCS did back in 2005.