T-Mobile Begins Layoffs After MetroPCS Merger Clears Hurdle
T-Mobile is planning "significant" layoffs in its Bellevue, Wash., headquarters, starting as soon as March 7, despite promises of job creation.Deutsche Telekom's merger of its T-Mobile brand with MetroPCS was originally pitched to federal regulators as an opportunity for job growth. But a new report said T-Mobile is planning "significant" layoffs at its Bellevue, Wash., headquarters, beginning as soon as March 7. "Employees are expecting the cuts, which may affect more than 100 people in marketing and other groups, to happen Thursday," The Seattle Times reported March 6. Last year, T-Mobile cut more than 4,200 jobs, a majority of them in its call centers, and then let go another 900 workers across the country. On March 4, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) provided documents to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—a public version contains considerably blackened-out sections to protect "highly confidential" information—stating that Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS' assertion that the combination of the latter with T-Mobile would create job opportunities is false. In addition, the CWA said the companies' recent admission that there will in fact be a "relatively small number" of job cuts is still inaccurate.
CWA pointed out through document after document why the Applicants' characterizations unfortunately are just not true. As CWA predicted in its initial comments, the synergies touted by the Applicants are indeed euphemisms for firing workers, and CWA believes the numbers reflected in those documents are significant, not "small." ...
CWA sees no legitimate reason that the aggregate number of projected job losses should be kept confidential. The Applicants should be able to specify the number of projected job cuts not only to the FCC but to the public at large so that the public may understand and accurately evaluate the [transaction's] true impact on employment.