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There was big news Tuesday in the T-Mobile/Sprint merger review process. We've been saying for months now that the merger will hurt workers and consumers.

Last week was a big week for wireless workers. We were proud to travel to Washington, DC, to represent T-Mobile workers and to talk to regulators and members of Congress about the impact of a proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

If you're like us, you've been hearing tons of rumors about the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. What we really need right now are facts about this deal.

From Zagreb, Croatia, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, union members around the world are demanding dignity for T-Mobile US employees. At a conference in Zagreb in June, the information technology and telecommunications workers of UNI Europa ICTS unanimously backed our demand that the company respect our right to organize our union.

We've all read the headlines: T-Mobile and Sprint are talking merger . . . again. Sprint is notorious for outsourcing good call center jobs to low-wage contractors in and outside of the United States, cutting its workforce by more than 50 percent in the past 11 years, and exporting thousands of jobs to the Philippines, Mexico, India, and other countries. So what action can we take to protect ourselves?

We're pleased to report that earlier this month, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed 11 guilty findings in a case arguing that many rules in the T-Mobile handbook are illegal. The court also found T-Mobile guilty of maintaining a rule that unlawfully bans all types of recordings in the workplace. This confirms that the rule in our employee handbook prohibiting employees from using their phones to take photographs or to make audio or video recordings without permission from a supervisor or manager is not legal.

CWA members at AT&T Mobility in 36 states are fighting for a fair contract right now. In May, TU members stood shoulder-to-shoulder with tens of thousands of CWA members from AT&T Mobility across the United States when they struck for three days.