A top telecom union on Monday officially voiced its concerns about the proposed $26.5 billion merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, saying the deal would lead to the elimination of 28,000 jobs, including 4,500 at the companies’ headquarters.
Job losses were the most prominent issue in a complaint filed by the Communications Workers of America to the Federal Communications Commission. Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint and Washington-based T-Mobile, the country’s No. 4 and No. 3 wireless carriers, are currently seeking FCC approval of their plan to merge.
The union’s complaint also cites concerns about competition and national security, asserting that the companies “have not come close” to proving the merger would benefit the public.
Executives from the two companies have touted 5G technology improvements, job growth and cost reductions as potential benefits of the tie-up.
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