CWA Backs AT&T-Time Warner

As AT&T prepares to fight for its merger with Time Warner if necessary, it has the Communications Workers of America solidly in its corner, and against any CNN-prompted spin-off demands by the Justice Department. The union said Nov 14 that is it fully supportive of the deal. “This merger is about maintaining and creating good U.S. jobs and developing new and innovative ways to deliver technology and content,” said CWA President Chris Shelton.  “A merged AT&T-Time Warner would provide much-needed new competition to companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon, where working people don’t have union representation.” CWA said it was "completely opposed" to the Department of Justice, "or whoever else"--a CNN-bashing President some have suggested--insisting on a CNN or DirecTV spinoff, given that CWA has a stake in jobs at both. "This must be a decision-making process based solely on the merits of the case," Shelton said. "This is a classic vertical merger – video content produced by Time-Warner and distributed by AT&T – that should be approved by the Department of Justice just as the Comcast NBCUniversal merger was approved in 2011," CWA said in an accompanying statement.


CWA Backs AT&T-Time Warner