AT&T, seeking U.S. regulatory approval for its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, tonight said it would bring 5,000 “good-paying” call center jobs back to the country after completing the deal, reversing past offshoring.
The company also promised that the acquisition won’t result in any job cuts for any existing AT&T or T-Mobile USA call-center employees.
AT&T said it hasn’t yet determined where in the U.S. the restored jobs would be located.
Pointing out that it’s the only unionized major wireless carrier, AT&T described its announcement as the “largest commitment by an individual American company to bring jobs back to the U.S. since the economic crisis began in 2008.”
Opponents of the AT&T/T-Mobile deal include rival Sprint, which argues that the combination would reduce competition in the wireless industry.
A spokeswoman says AT&T operates two call centers in Bothell, north of Seattle; and one in Portland.