WASHINGTON, DC – The Communications Workers of America (CWA) analysis shows that as presently structured, the merger would result in 3,342 lost jobs and reduced wages for California workers, increased prices for California consumers, and shuttered stores in urban areas of California, while still leaving rural parts of California without access to high-speed broadband. Among the new merger resources and activity announced by CWA today include the following:
New CWA report: “How the T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Will Impact California.” A new report from CWA details what the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger would mean for California and the nation on the following topics: jobs and wages; low income consumers; Hispanic and African-American consumers; rural Americans; and national security.
New CWA digital ad and petition campaign to raise awareness of T-Mobile/Sprint merger’s impact on California workers and consumers: CWA also announced the launch of a new digital ad campaign to raise awareness of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger’s impact on California workers and consumers and to highlight the upcoming CPUC hearings. The ad program, running in Fresno, San Diego, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, also urges concerned members of the public to sign a petition to California’s Public Utilities Commission and learn more about what the merger would mean for California on the TMobileSprintFacts.org website.
According to Thomas Runnion, CWA District 9 Vice President, “The proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger would be bad news for California workers and consumers, eliminating more than 3,300 state jobs while raising prices for T-Mobile and Sprint customers, especially cost conscious customers who choose pre-paid plans. As California regulators prepare to explore how the proposed merger would affect our state, we look forward to the series of public hearings as an opportunity to share details and reminders why the merger fails the public interest standard and should be opposed as currently structured.”
CWA District 9 testimony to CPUC: proposed merger would result in “substantial public interest harm” and hurt California workers and consumers. On Monday, January 7, CWA District 9 submitted official testimony to the CPUC, including detailed analysis about how the merger would result in the loss of 30,000 jobs across the United States, including 3,342 jobs in California; reduce wireless workers’ wages in California; and increase consumer prices as much as 15.5 percent on the new T-Mobile’s prepaid plans and as much as 9.1 percent for postpaid plans. The filing also shows that the companies have failed to demonstrate how the merger would improve 5G build-out or improve rural offerings compared to standalone firms.