A labor group is targeting Republican lawmakers and AT&T in a new advertising campaign aimed at highlighting the telecom giant’s job cuts after receiving a boost from the GOP’s tax law.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has launched radio ads in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Texas that ties Republican candidates to the job cuts. The group estimates that AT&T has cut 7,000 jobs since the tax bill went into effect this year. They accuse the company of using its tax savings to enrich its shareholders and executives rather than investing in workers.
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AT&T hailed the bill’s passage with $1,000 bonuses for most of its employees and vowed to use the savings to up its investments in the U.S.
CEO Randall Stephenson also said that the increased savings would lead to thousands of new jobs.
The CWA counters though that the company has in fact cut thousands of call center jobs and used the money to buy back its own shares, which critics say puts money in the pockets of existing shareholders.
The company also saw its merger with Time Warner approved by a federal judge last month, giving the telecom giant control over an array of valuable entertainment content.
The CWA’s 60-second radio spots, which launched Thursday, put pressure on GOP lawmakers over their votes for the tax bill and call on them to urge AT&T to preserve U.S. jobs.
“AT&T has taken advantage of the break that Congressman Renacci gave them, and passed it on to wealthy shareholders and executives,” the narrator in one of the ads says. “It's time for Congressman Renacci to support Ohio families and demand that AT&T keep its promise to invest here at home — instead of shipping more jobs overseas.”
A spokeswoman for Renacci’s Senate campaign was not immediately able to comment.
The CWA, which is in contract negotiations with AT&T on behalf of thousands of its employees, has repeatedly attacked the company over its post–tax boon plans. In May, the group filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board for failing to disclose those spending plans.