Letter written to Deutsche Telekom CEO shows that T-Mobile employees are scared about their future

Letter written to Deutsche Telekom CEO shows that T-Mobile employees are scared about their future
State lawmakers are concerned that if T-Mobile merges with Sprint, the result will be higher prices. As a result, 17 state Attorneys General and the AG of Washington D.C. are asking a court to block the $26.5 billion deal. But T-Mobile employees have their own concerns. Last week, the carrier's retail employees and technicians sent a letter to Deutsche Telekom CEO  Tim Hoettges (via Reuters) asking him to assure that their jobs will be safe if the merger is approved. Deutsche Telekom owns 63% of T-Mobile.

In the letter, the T-Mobile Workers United Steering Committee asks Hoettges for job security without a cut in compensation, the return of jobs to the U.S. that were outsourced overseas, the return of jobs to the company that were outsourced to a third-party company in the U.S., and to allow T-Mobile employees to organize without interference from management.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere says that the merger will help create new jobs


In August of last year, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) claimed that the merger would cost 28,000 jobs mostly from the closing of overlapping T-Mobile and Sprint retail stores. But T-Mobile CEO John Legere has said from day one that the merger would create new jobs as the company hires more personnel to cover the huge increase in customers that the merger will bring. T-Mobile has already agreed to open five new state-of-the-art customer experience centers while it expands the centers it already has. Each new center will require the hiring of 1,000 people, and the company will expand its personalized service crews known as the Team of Experts. Earlier this year, Legere mentioned that T-Mobile will open as many as 600 retail stores to cover rural areas where there are currently no T-Mobile or Sprint locations. According to the outspoken executive, by 2024 the New T-Mobile will have 11,000 more employees than the number an independent T-Mobile and Sprint would employ.

Legere also pointed out last June that when T-Mobile announced that it was going to purchase MetroPCS in 2013, the unions also complained about job losses and instead "tens of thousands of jobs" were created. The union that sent the letter to Hoettges, T-Mobile United, has about 500 members and is backed by the CWA and German union ver.di.


The merger was announced on April 28th of 2018 and has been approved by the Justice Department after T-Mobile and Sprint agreed to sell Sprint's pre-paid businesses (including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile) to Dish Network for $5 billion. Dish will also get some of Sprint's 800MHz spectrum, cell sites, and some retail locations as it tries to replace Sprint as the nation's fourth-largest major wireless carrier. Dish will sign a seven-year MVNO agreement with T-Mobile; this will allow Dish to sell wireless service to consumers while it builds out its own standalone 5G network.

FCC chief Ajit Pai has already agreed to recommend to his fellow commissioners to approve the merger. That leaves the lawsuit filed by the state Attorneys general as the lone hurdle that the merger has to overcome before it closes.

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7 Comments

1. DarthJarJar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

It’ll create jobs for like 2 minutes then wipe out millions

7. Endofagoodthing

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 08, 2019

Pretty correct assumption, they are trying to fire people right now by making sales reps do pressure sales, example, there is a goal for accessory sales, accessory attachment to phones, account features, mobile internet lines, TV service and even rediculous things like goals for using a customer check in program and lead genneration. Basically they are going to generate new jobs by firing an equal amount of people. Way to go "uncarrier".

8. daryuslp

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 09, 2019

Having worked in cellular retail at a point I can safely say that the metrics you mention have always existed. They're not some novel conspiracy theory being used to terminate salespersons.

10. Endofagoodthing

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 08, 2019

No they haven't, obviously you were not in the business long enough to know how bad pay has dipped. Now I admit business models need to change but my point was they are putting much more pressure on people to do these things to the point at which it creates bad practices because they fear for their jobs.

11. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

$40 pHone cases.lol

3. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Yeah the writing is on the wall. With T-Mobile now being a bigger company, trying tor egain that 26.8 Billion back, and added Sprint employees, commission will go down and there will be some lay offs in areas that are no longer needed. I really wouldn't be surprised if one day store employees were replaced with a home delivery service like AT&T or just a kiosk all together where you tell a machine what you want and it gives it to you. Call centers will be the only department creating jobs.

9. Flpher

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 09, 2019

Let me get this straight... you four idiots are thinking that this is bad deal for everyone. Ask the employees at Sprint on how close they are from going belly up. You should seriously sit down and think about what you say before you say it. This is such a bad time for America especially that are lives depend on millenials like yourselves. I'm 100% certain if you ask Sprint employees, "would you rather have T-Mobile save 60 to 70% of their jobs or lose all 100% of them. There is no saving that lame company and as we say in Texas, "That Dog Just Don't Hunt Anymore".

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