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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:30 PM

Cablevision Fires 23 Technicians after Union Action

Source: Labor Notes

Alexandra Bradbury

Cablevision fired 23 workers in Brooklyn today after they tried to use management’s “open door” policy to talk to a vice president about how the company is stonewalling their first-contract bargaining, according to the Communications Workers of America.

About 70 workers gathered in the cafeteria and tried to speak to a vice president this morning, organizer Tim Dubnau said, and at first they were told he was too busy to speak with them. Some gave up after a few minutes and left to begin their work routes, while others waited on.

Then a vice president came out and told them they were all fired for striking, Dubnau said, though none had refused to work. In fact, some of the workers who had begun their routes by this time were called back to the garage to be terminated.

“Cablevision has illegally failed to negotiate in good faith with its Brooklyn workers, illegally intimidated workers in other boroughs, and today brazenly violated federal law by firing workers for protected activity,” said Chris Shelton, vice president of CWA District 1.

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Read more: http://labornotes.org/blogs/2013/01/cablevision-fires-23-technicians-after-union-action



From the CWA:

http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/cwa_condemns_cablevision-optimum_for_illegally_firing_23_workers#.UQmmCPLNmSo

CWA Condemns Cablevision-Optimum for Illegally Firing 23 Workers

Unlawful action by company follows history of anti-worker activity, settlement of NLRB charges and refusal to offer workers a fair contract

Jan 30, 2013

Today, 23 Brooklyn Cablevision workers were illegally fired after attempting to discuss the lack of good-faith bargaining by the company with their management and expressing support for their bargaining committee – protected activities by federal law. The Communications Workers of America, which the workers voted to join a year ago, condemned the firings as an illegal and outrageous attack on the company’s hard-working employees. Last week, CWA had filed unfair labor practice charges alleging bad-faith bargaining by Cablevision-Optimum.

“Over the last year, Cablevision-Optimum has demonstrated it not only lacks respect for its Brooklyn employees who have chosen to stand up for their rights as workers, but also for federal labor laws and the entire borough of Brooklyn,” said Chris Shelton, Vice President of CWA District 1. “Cablevision has illegally failed to negotiate in good faith with its Brooklyn workers, illegally intimidated workers in other boroughs, and today brazenly violated federal law by firing workers for protected activity. By singling out 23 leaders who were ready to work by terminating them, Cablevision is trying to take New York City back to the bad days when workers were openly exploited and mistreated by abusive corporations.”

Today’s action by Cablevision-Optimum to fire workers is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act, which protects the rights of workers to engage in group activity, and it follows the company’s recent settlement of NLRB charges alleging it violated Brooklyn workers’ rights. CWA expects the NLRB to issue a complaint soon on other acts of intimidation and harassment.

Over a year ago, nearly 300 Cablevision technicians and dispatchers in Brooklyn joined the CWA, in one of the first successful organizing drives in the largely non-union cable industry and despite a vicious anti-union campaign of harassment and intimidation. But nearly a year later, Cablevision has yet to offer its Brooklyn workers a fair contract, choosing to spend far more on executive compensation and union-busting attorneys than it would take to settle a fair contract. To stop the union from spreading beyond Brooklyn, the company even granted all of its technicians between $2 and $9 an hour raises except for its Brooklyn workers. At the same time, at the bargaining table for Brooklyn, Cablevision has refused to bargain in good faith, including refusing to offer any improvements to wages, benefits or working conditions. Cablevision’s Brooklyn workers are fighting for equal pay, good benefits, and dignity and respect on the job.



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Omaha Steve Jan 2013 OP
Squinch Jan 2013 #1
Warpy Jan 2013 #2
yourout Jan 2013 #3
DainBramaged Jan 2013 #4
union_maid Jan 2013 #6
Babel_17 Jan 2013 #5
AverageMe Jan 2013 #7
Sherman A1 Jan 2013 #10
Ash_F Jan 2013 #8
reteachinwi Jan 2013 #9
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #11
Selatius Jan 2013 #13
go west young man Jan 2013 #12
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #15
freshwest Jan 2013 #14
graham4anything Jan 2013 #16

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:32 PM

1. K&R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:36 PM

2. The CWA will sue, the fired workers will collect

but Cablevision will have made its point: you try to tell management what we're doing wrong, we'll take your jobs away.

Assholes. I'm sure they budgeted for the lawsuit.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:46 PM

3. This is not going to end well for Cablevision.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:48 PM

4. Chuck and Jim Dolan, sucked ass then, suck ass now, pure scumbags

Took a lawsuit for them to stop disparaging Verizon and the satellite companies, they treat their technicians like shit, and they encourage customer service to be abrasive and rude to customers. Blew out Jeremy Lin letting Huston sign him instead of keeping him, thereby ensuring a new fanbase for his putrid Knicks. HATED by all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_L._Dolan


http://observer.com/2008/05/a-season-in-hellville-the-dolans-march-in-but-please-no-press/

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:53 PM

6. Also endorsed Mittens

Through Newsday, which they also own. And they endorsed progressive congressman Tim Bishop's outsourcing opponent. Happily their guys lost both those races, but it was outrageous.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:50 PM

5. Serious violation of the law

Hopefully it will be treated as such.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:57 PM

7. If you use Cablevision-Optimum as your cable service provider

 

on your next bill state you will not pay it until until they give their workers a fair deal. Explain there are other providers of cable service which you can use. A strike by their consumers is not illegal, and always is the final goal of any picket line in a strike. It is ultimately the only weapon a union has.

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Response to AverageMe (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:22 PM

10. One could start by

emailing or calling their offices with their thoughts on the action.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:04 PM

8. We need to change the laws so that the executives can be fired in these cases

The guy sounds like the detriment to the company's future. If we want to create jobs and build the economy, we need to take these people out of power.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:14 PM

9. NLRB status

 

Will the NLRB be able to hear the case given judge Sentelle's et.al. chicanery? Is this what emboldened Cablevision?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:26 PM

11. Unions are toast unless we get manufacturing jobs back in the USofA. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:23 PM

13. I believe that's why unions have started attempting unionization in the service sector.

The industrial base is gone. All that is left is the service sector.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:12 PM

12. Ah the USA of corporatocracy.

What a shitty country we have become. It will take decades to unravel this mindset of giving everything to the wealthy.

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Response to go west young man (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:42 PM

15. The lemmings and guppies of the US are pushed around like herded sheep and say thank you, and

others vote into power those most offensive to their well being. It's a fucked up shitty place. You are so correct, "It will take decades to unravel this mindset of giving everything to the wealthy."

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:07 PM

14. They. Did. Not. Need. To. Do. That. What hateful bastards.

Freedom and Justice for all, huh?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:02 AM

16. Fluck Cablevision

 

we have it here, there is just about zero choice as Fios is unavailable, and the Dish does not work well in our wooded area.

We had to argue with them during Sandy for a refund and then argue the next bill as some days overlapped to that new bill.
(Hellloooooo, the cable was off for 2 weeks, we had NOOOOOOOOO service, how could you charge us for that time.....should have been automatic without argument)

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