Battle Intensifies Between Fired Workers, CWA and Cablevision

Categories: Cablevision, Labor

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The group of Brooklyn technicians fired by Cablevision two weeks ago have been rallying around the city with high-profile politicians to give their account of how Cablevision has mistreated its unionized workers.

Cablevision maintains that Communications Workers of America, the union which 282 Brooklyn technicians joined earlier last year, is making last ditch efforts to hold onto to those workers. The company announced last week that some Brooklyn technicians still employed by Cablevision contacted the National Labor Relations Board to request a vote to decertify the union.

"Virtually all Cablevision employees have a direct relationship with the company. Cablevision looks forward to an election at the earliest possible date to allow its Brooklyn employees to determine whether or not the CWA union will continue to represent them," the company stated in a release.

The union says that the mass-firing was simply the latest ploy by Cablevision in a campaign of intimidation and coercion to break the union.

"This is just one more piece of management's campaign of fear and intimidation," Tim Dubnau, a CWA Local Union 1101 spokesman, said in a statement. "On the same day that Cablevision-Optimum fired 22 workers, they also sent an email and handed out a memo in person discussing decertification, in a clear attempt to intimidate people."

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Video Footage of Cablevision Management Firing 23 Unionized Brooklyn Workers

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Cablevision CEO James Dolan.
Last week we reported on the 23 Brooklyn technicians who were fired by Cablevision for allegedly refusing to work Wednesday morning.

The fired technicians were a part of a group of about 70 workers who say that they were attempting to utilize an open-door policy at the company that allows workers to voice work-related concerns to management. They requested to meet with their vice president Wednesday morning to voice their frustrations over their nearly year-long quest to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with Cablevision--a contract which workers say is being negotiated in bad faith by the company.

The workers were told that the site's vice president wasn't available to talk when they initially requested. Many of the workers decided to stay and wait for him to become available. Cablevision says the workers were asked to head out on their routes but refused to comply.

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Conflicting Stories Emerge Following the Firing of 23 Cablevision Workers

This morning a group of protestors, led by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, demanded that management at Cablevision's garage in Canarsie come out and have a little chat about yesterday's firing of 23 workers.

Cablevision says that the fired technicians were illegally striking and refused to work. The union says the workers were taking advantage of an open-door policy at Cablevision, which permits employees to voice work-related grievances with management.


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Fox and Cablevision Strike a Deal, Bring Television Back to New York

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The standoff between Fox parent company News Corp. and Cablevision has ended after a two-week blackout, with local Fox affiliates restored to local television sets just prior to Saturday night's World Series game three. Today, New Yorkers can watch the Jets vs. Packers. Life is sports.

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Amid Cablevision Confusion, News Corp. Pulls Fox From Hulu, Then Puts It Back

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We told you this morning about the dispute between Cablevision and Fox parent company News Corp., which resulted in three million homes in the New York area losing access to the television stations Fox 5 and My9. As Saturday progressed, the battle got uglier, with News Corp. blocking Cablevision customers from watching Fox shows on both Hulu.com and Fox.com. This was Rupert Murdoch's corporate giant telling James Dolan's not-so-puny Cablevision that the two were playing hardball and without the appropriate compensation, customers get nothing. Then, all of a sudden, the News Corp. brass changed its mind, possibly fearing bad press, and decided to turn on Cablevision access to Fox shows online. What in the hell is going on?

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Three Million New York Homes Cannot Watch Baseball Because Fox Blacked Out Cablevision

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Cablevision customers in the New York area lost their access to Fox 5 and My9 last night when the channel's parent company News Corp. "pulled the plug" over contract disputes, CNN is reporting. The corporate jockeying may sound boring, but has very real effects for anyone hoping to watch Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants, or Montel Williams' Healthmaster at noon. Also, eventually the World Series, if the beef persists.

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Notoriously Litigious Sexual Harrasser Cablevision CEO Jimmy Dolan Would Rather Us Not Discuss His Penis

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So, you're in the corporate communications department of a very big company whose chairman has a reputation for being so aggressive with the press as to invoke comparisons to swatting flies with hammers. Something not nice is written about your boss in a very concise, if generally cheeky and/or obscene, manner. There are three ways to handle this situation:


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BlogBeat: Gothamist Sells Out to Cablevision, James Dolan Presumably Excited to Ruin Another News Outlet

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Gothamist -- the New York City metro news blog and subsequent locally-based "Ist" properties -- long a punchline among bloggers who poked at its overly excitable tones about the varying news minutiae it covered, finally gave themselves something to giggle over: a long-rumored multi-million dollar buyout possibly coming to fruition. But for whom, and at what cost?

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