AT&T vows to bring back 5,000 U.S. jobs if merger approved

LOS ANGELES Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:01am EDT

A view shows the AT&T store sign in Broomfield, Colorado April 20, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A view shows the AT&T store sign in Broomfield, Colorado April 20, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Telecommunications giant AT&T Inc, whose proposed buy of T-Mobile USA is under scrutiny by U.S. regulators, promised to bring 5,000 wireless call-center jobs back to the United States if the deal wins approval.

The company has not decided where in the United States the positions will be located, AT&T said in a statement. The jobs are currently outsourced to other countries. The new U.S. employees will be eligible to join the company's unionized workforce.

AT&T also said the merger will not cause any job losses for U.S.-based wireless call-center employees of T-Mobile USA or AT&T who are on the payroll when the merger closes.

Currently, AT&T and T-Mobile have a combined total of 25,000 U.S.-based wireless call-center employees. The company would not comment on how many employees would remain overseas after the 5,000 jobs move back to the United States.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department are reviewing the proposed $39 billion purchase by AT&T of smaller rival T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG.

If approved as proposed, the merger would concentrate 80 percent of the U.S. wireless market in AT&T/T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications Inc and Vodafone Group Plc.

AT&T has said the deal would allow it to quickly add capacity to meet growing demand for high-speed wireless service. Rivals such as Sprint Nextel Corp say the combination would hurt competition, while public interest groups have argued it would lead to higher prices.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Gary Hill)

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Comments (13)
IonOtter wrote:
This is a throw-away. Don’t buy it.

Call centers in India have brought large amounts of money to people who never had it before. Those people are using that income to get full-fledged college degrees. They are getting smarter, wiser, and THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE WORTH NOW.

Hence, it is no longer profitable to use third-world “tech” labor. Also, places like India don’t have unions, but the workers *are* demanding government protections, AND corruption is on the way out in India.

Here in America, south of the Mason-Dixon line, workers have no rights, no protections, no assurances.

So this is a red herring. They’re dumping their overseas call centers because they are no longer accepting slave wages, BUT WE ARE!

Aug 31, 2011 1:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jkherrin wrote:
Only 5K? Seems like a small number, considering.

Aug 31, 2011 1:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
hsvkitty wrote:
Ion Otter you are very possibly right on the money…

Aug 31, 2011 1:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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