In this June 22, 2017, file photo, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson listens as President Trump speaks during the "American Leadership in Emerging Technology" event in the White House. WASHINGTON -- Eight days before President Trump was inaugurated, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson walked into the same lobby of Trump Tower -- with his own top lobbyist in tow -- for a meeting with the president-elect. "It was a good meeting, actually," Stephenson would later tell CNBC. "(We) had a lot of conversation about where his administration is going in terms of tax reform." Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was also at Trump Tower that day, having arrived exactly 8 minutes before Stephenson.
President Donald Trump gathered workers from around the U.S. to help show the benefits that are being seen from the tax cut plan recently passed. A major union preparing to strike against AT&T has compiled a detailed report of U.S. layoffs and call center closures that it says shows the telecom giant has violated its own post-tax reform promises. The Communications Workers of America, which is in ongoing contract talks with AT&T on behalf of 14,000 workers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as its nationwide Legacy T contract, says the company has been cutting call center workers in favor of outsourcing, despite its promises to invest in its workers after President Trump's passage of sweeping tax cuts. In December, AT&T issued $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees after the tax reform bill's passage. The company also promised to increase investment in the U.S. and, the union charges, implied hiring increases.
The phone industry's Robocall Strike Force vowed a couple of months ago to deploy its telecom commandos and end the scourge of robocalls once and for all. The strike force met with federal authorities the other day to report on its progress and action plan. Turns out there hasn't been much progress. And they still don't have much of a plan. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, for one, wasn't satisfied.