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“A complex remedy that carries a high risk of failure and exposes the public to substantial economic harm if it fails is not in the ‘public interest,’” said CWA.
Instead of doing the right thing by acknowledging workers’ dedication and investing in American jobs, AT&T is doing a billionaire’s bidding by putting its workers on the chopping block and abandoning these communities.
The legislation establishes two $125 million grant programs to promote digital equity nationwide.
The Universal Service Fund supports programs like Lifeline and the Connect America Fund to make broadband service available to all.
The US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act would ensure that taxpayer dollars are not rewarding companies that offshore their customer service work.
An estimated 17 percent of US students do not have access to computers at home, and 18 percent do not have broadband internet access at home, AP reports.
Despite promises to create jobs and invest in rural communities, AT&T is cutting jobs and neglecting rural network improvements in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.
“The states’ action today is a welcome development for American workers and consumers and a reminder that regulators must take labor market concerns seriously when evaluating mergers,” said CWA President Chris Shelton.
The bill strengthens reporting requirements for companies that move more than 30 percent of their call center work out of Nevada, institutes a $5,000 per day penalty, and puts them on a bad actors list.