Congressional Support

What is AT&T doing with its massive profits from the Republican corporate tax cut bill? That's the question members of Congress are now asking.

Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and twenty-three colleagues sent a letter to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson calling on AT&T to disclose plans for their profits from the tax bill - in particular on job growth. In addition, Senator Sherrod Brown led a group of Senators urging the company to settle on a fair contract with workers that protects and create jobs as was promised by AT&T during debate over the tax bill.

Despite promises that tax windfalls would be used to create jobs, AT&T has announced layoffs and continues to outsource and offshore American jobs.

In his letter, Brown calls on AT&T to reach an agreement that improves workers’ job security and includes a commitment to creating new jobs in the U.S.

“Since January 2016, AT&T alone has laid off thousands of call center workers and closed dozens of U.S. call centers,” Brown’s letter states. “We urge you to continue negotiating in good faith until an agreement is reached, and we urge you to include commitments in the contract that improve job security for your highly competitive workforce and reverse the trend of call center offshoring in our states.”

In their letter, Pocan and Dingell called on AT&T to explain the impact of the tax bill on its business plan and its workers.

“...in your November 8th press release, you stated that you would commit to investing an additional $1 billion in the US should the bill in question be signed into law. You further stated that your analysis suggested that such investment would result in the creation of 7,000 additional jobs.

However, recent reports regarding contract negotiations suggest otherwise. As we consider future taxing and spending priorities for the United States, in our capacity as Members of Congress, we would ask that you update us on the status of your plans to invest in the United States, as well as other seen and unforeseen impacts the tax law has had on your business plans.”