|[August 31, 2011]
CWA: DOJ Lawsuit to Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger is Wrong Decision for Jobs, Workers' Rights, Broadband Buildout
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to seek to block the
merger of AT&T and T-Mobile (News - Alert) USA is simply wrong.
In today's sinking economy, where millions of Americans are looking for
work, the DOJ has decided to oppose a merger that will create as many as
96,000 quality jobs. In the U.S., where too many Americans, especially
in rural areas, don't have access to the tools of Internet technology,
the DOJ has determined that a plan tobuild out high speed wireless
access to 97 percent of the country should be opposed.
In a nation where workers' rights are routinely violated, as occurs
everyday at T-Mobile, the DOJ apparently believes that workers should be
on their own instead of having a fair choice about union representation.
The DOJ's action has put good jobs and workers' rights at the bottom of
the government's priorities. Just yesterday, AT&T (News - Alert) announced that it
would return a net 5,000 jobs to the U.S. on completion of the merger.
That is the kind of corporate responsibility that more employers in the
U.S. should demonstrate if we are ever to have an economy recovery.
Instead of acting to block this merger, our government should be looking
to support companies that create and keep good jobs in the United States.
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