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MCI-WORLDCOM: LABOR HAS ALWAYS OPPOSED THIS DEAL

In ''Why GTE is fighting an MCI-WorldCom merger'' (Readers Report, May 25), MCI Communications Corp. charged that GTE Corp. is ''bankrolling'' the efforts of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to block a merger between MCI and WorldCom. MCI must be desperate to distract regulators and customers. That's the only plausible explanation for its lying about us. The CWA has opposed this merger ever since it was first announced last fall. Such a consolidation is anticompetitive and violates the intent of U.S. telecommunications policy.

We're not the only ones who know that the potential for MCI-WorldCom to dominate the Internet is too serious a threat to ignore. Such telecommunications companies as Sprint Corp. and some of the regional Bells, Internet service providers, consumer advocates, unions, and others have raised these concerns with the Justice Dept., Federal Communications Commission, and European Commission. And it appears that these objections are being given serious consideration by regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. Perhaps that's what has MCI so upset.
The price tag on this merger--monopoly control of the Internet backbone, reduced competition in the local telephone market, and fewer long-distance options--is just too high. That's why the CWA has been pressing regulators to stop this megadeal.

Morton Bahr
President
Communications Workers of America
Washington


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