Dozens of House Democrats urged the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to force T-Mobile to accept job-protection conditions as part of its purchase of MetroPCS.
In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the 62 Democrats said they will not support "another consolidation of two companies that leads to the reduction of American jobs."
They expressed concern over the fact that T-Mobile and MetroPCS have said they expect to achieve $6-7 billion in post-merger "efficiencies" and "transaction-specific savings.""Experience has shown that companies often achieve these savings through job cuts and employee lay-offs," the lawmakers wrote.
They noted that both MetroPCS and T-Mobile have closed customer call centers and shipped them overseas in recent years.
They said the FCC, which is currently reviewing the deal, should force T-Mobile to commit to "preserving U.S. jobs" to receive approval.
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