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Supreme Court Rejects Cablevision Request To Block NLRB Trial In Union Dispute

The National Labor Relations Board can go ahead with its administrative trial this month on charges that Cablevision resorted to intimidation, bribery and harassment to stop some of its workers in the Bronx from joining the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Chief Justice John Roberts — who’s also the Circuit Justice for D.C. — turned down, without comment, Cablevision’s plea for him to stop the proceeding. The cable company asked Roberts to step in after the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. declined on Friday to stop the NLRB. Cablevision argued that the NLRB lacks a quorum. The company says that President Obama’s recess appointments were illegal because they were made while the Senate was on an intrasession break, not between sessions. Cablevision also says that an appointment can only be made to positions that open up during a recess. The Obama Administration “bypassed Congress in order to stack the NLRB in favor of Big Labor,” Cablevision says. It adds that other courts have challenged the NLRB’s authority and when the D.C. Circuit Court makes a final ruling on its petition it “will put a stop to the NLRB’s evasion of the law.” CWA Political and Legislative Director Bob Master counters that the cable company “must be desperately looking for a new lawyer who can appeal to an even higher power.  In the meantime, the Cablevision workers remain willing to negotiate a fair contract, which would cost … Read More »

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Cablevision Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Bar NLRB From Acting On Labor Dispute

The cable company is responding to its loss on Friday at the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C.: Justices upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s authority to hold an administrative trial this month on charges that Cablevision resorted to intimidation, bribery and harassment to stop some of its workers in the Bronx from joining the Communications Workers of America (CWA) — part of a long-running series of disputes between the company and the union. But Cablevision now wants Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts — the Circuit Justice for D.C. — to stay the Appeals Court decision. Cablevision argued that the NLRB lacks a quorum. The company says that President Obama’s recess appointments were illegal because they were made while the Senate was on an intrasession break, not between sessions. Cablevision also says that an appointment can only be made to positions that open up during a recess. Read More »

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Cablevision Investor Presentation Disrupted By Union Protests

“This will never end, do you understand that?” said one of at least three people who apparently represented the Communications Workers of America and derailed an interview today with Cablevision CFO Gregg Seibert at the Nomura U.S. Media and Telecom Summit. The audio stream of the session was cut off after two protesters were ejected and a third interrupted the proceedings. “Greedy people like yourself and like the owner of Cablevision James Dolan refuse to give workers a fair contract,” the first  said. The scene follows last week’s similar interruption of the Cablevision annual shareholders meeting: Police were called in to eject the CWA supporters. The union says that Cablevision illegally sacked 22 staffers who elected to join the union. The company and union also have spent more than a year disputing terms of a contract. That fight is now before the National Labor Relations Board. Seibert initially tried to joke through the protest: “This is just a brief sample we arranged today so you can see what we’re dealing with in terms of the Communications Workers of America. My apologies for that interruption.”

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Cablevision Calls Cops As Union Protesters Disrupt Shareholders Meeting

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT

The Communications Workers of America has been beefing with the cableco for more than a year, since it claimed Cablevision illegally sacked 22 staffers who elected to join the union. The two sides have been embroiled in a fight that has landed at the National Labor Relations Board, and the union fired a salvo Thursday by disrupting Cablevision’s annual shareholders confab. The Wall Street Journal reports that after repeated attempts to quiet the protesters, CEO James Dolan summoned the cops to eject them from the meeting at the cabler’s Long Island HQ. The union countered that shareholders had “asked the company tough questions about the potential impact” of the labor flap. Cablevision said later, “This is a shareholder meeting with a clear set of rules. The CWA attempted to disrupt the meeting; they were asked to refrain, and when they did not, they were asked to leave. The matter is now in the hands of the authorities.”

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