T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere along with President and COO Mike Sievert are set to hold a town hall meeting to discuss the merger with Sprint employees tomorrow. But ahead of the meeting, the CWA union will be holding a rally near Sprint’s headquarters aimed at preventing job losses.

The Communications Workers of America Union is holding the rally as it believes that if the merger goes through as it currently stands, there may be 28,000 jobs lost nationwide.

CWA filed a document with the FCC covering its concerns about the merger back in August with the following statement:

The Commission should not approve the merger without verifiable and enforceable commitments by the Applicants to ensure that the transaction does not cause a reduction in U.S. employment, that no employees of T-Mobile or Sprint will lose a job as a result of this transaction, that the Applicants will commit to return all overseas customer call center jobs to the U.S., that the Applicants commit to abide by all labor and employment laws, and to maintain neutrality in allowing their employees to form a union of their own choosing, free from any interference by the employer.

CWA estimates 12,600 job losses from T-Mobile and Sprint retail, 11,800 from Boost and MetroPCS, with 4,500 of the cuts coming from headquarter positions.

Unrelated to the CWA filing, the FCC paused the clock on its review of the current merger deal, likely pushing a decision into 2019. Here is the official statement from the FCC on temporarily halting the review process.

Today we are pausing the Commission’s informal 180-day transaction shot clock in this proceeding. Additional time is necessary to allow for thorough staff and third-party review of newly-submitted and anticipated modeling relied on by the Applicants.


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