During a statement to the press on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced two more companies who have committed to repatriation of jobs for U.S. workers.
From his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Mr. Trump said phone carrier Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back from overseas. “They have taken them from other countries, they are bringing them back to the United States”, Trump said.
Sprint confirmed the announcement on its website:
Today, Sprint (NYSE: S) announced a commitment to create or bring back to America 5,000 jobs. The company anticipates these jobs will support a variety of functions across the organization including its Customer Care and Sales teams.
Sprint will begin discussions immediately with its business partners, states and cities to determine the right locations in the U.S. to create these jobs. The company expects to fulfill this commitment by the end of its fiscal year 2017 and will provide additional details when they are available.
“We are excited to work with President-Elect Trump and his Administration to do our part to drive economic growth and create jobs in the U.S.,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “We believe it is critical for business and government to partner together to create more job opportunities in the U.S. and ensure prosperity for all Americans.” (link)
“Customer Care” is Sprint’s corporate code-speak for ‘that person you talk to when you call customer support’. [ie. India and Pakistan phone answering services hardest hit]
President-elect Trump also said another company, OneWeb, will hire an additional 3,000 U.S. workers which he called “very exciting.” OneWeb is a satellite network aimed at providing affordable internet access.
Discussing the deal Trump said it “was done through” SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire. The pair met in New York earlier this month, and announced together that SoftBank — which is Sprint’s largest shareholder and has invested in OneWeb — would invest $50 billion in the U.S. and planned to create 50,000 jobs.