Labor union rails against T-Mobile-Sprint merger; says deal will cost 28,000+ jobs

Labor union rails against T-Mobile-Sprint merger; says deal will cost 28,000+ jobs
While the T-Mobile-Sprint merger awaits regulatory approval from the FCC and FTC, another three letter group has weighed in on the merger. Yesterday, the CWA (Communication Workers of America) spoke before the FCC about the reasons the union does not want the deal to proceed. Citing the 28,000 jobs that it claims that the merger would cost, CWA president Chris Shelton said that the transaction "would result in substantial public interest harm and offers no countervailing verifiable, merger-related public interest benefits. He also noted that both wireless carriers have a "long history of labor and employment law violations."

The vast majority of job losses would occur at the companies' retail stores. If the merger closes, both T-Mobile and Sprint will close a number of physical outlets that competed against each other in the same area. The CWA says that this will result in 24,000 jobs lost. This includes employees working at T-Mobile and Sprint stores, and those working at the companies' pre-paid outlets like Boost Mobile and MetroPCS. The union says another 4,500 jobs at T-Mobile and Sprint headquarters would be cut to prevent some employees from having duplicate jobs and titles.


T-Mobile and Sprint claim that America's leadership in 5G technology is at risk if the deal is not given regulatory approval. The CWA replies that T-Mobile and Sprint "have made no showing that the merged firm would have either the incentive or ability to provide hallmark 5G services outside of densely-populated areas."

source: CWA via CBS46

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12 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

**Sound of the world's smallest violin heard.

2. talon95

Posts: 995; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Maybe they'd prefer Sprint just went bankrupt in a few years and lose a lot more jobs. Probably shouldn't switch to 5G and create those jobs either, because in the process some 4G jobs will be lost.

3. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

too bad ppl r gonna lose their jobs, oh well life isnt fair... this merger is for the best for sprint, tmobile, and their respective customers.

4. Eclectech

Posts: 346; Member since: May 01, 2013

Previous comments are kinda mean. I mean it's roughly 28,000 jobs. Further, I'm not convinced these companies would be better together. It will be a huge disruption to current Sprint customers, as T-Mobile shuts down and refarms Sprint's network. Oh and I'm no fan of magenta...er Pink.

9. Brandon21213

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 16, 2017

If u don’t mind me asking, how come u don’t care for T-Mobile?

11. audibot

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

28k lost and 200 to 300k new jobs for all the tower upgrades and phone makers and linesman and other people

5. bearballz

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

Curious to see what the turnover rate is for these retail jobs. Most the stores near me are staffed by teens or 20 somethings.

6. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2150; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This merger/buyout makes no sense for TMO.

7. Blazers

Posts: 734; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

They have no choice if they want to keep up with Verizon and AT&T in regards to nationwide 5G

8. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Sprint has quite a lot of 2.5ghz spectrum nationwide, it makes a lot of sense.

12. audibot

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

plus since sprint sold off the towers years ago tmobile has them and then maybe buy them back plus now people in other areas of the country could have a better faster network vs sprint or vs tmobile

10. audibot

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

the cwa is a joke they store retail people already get crazy money for nothing basically there jobs could be taken by atms and vending machines they want 28 an hour for att people to what push people into crap direct tv service and home security systems that suck. think about the future of communications and move on

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