Demonstrating the traction that the issue has among elected officials, a plethora of prominent officials have signed a letter to the CEO of Cablevision, James Dolan critical of what they feel are anti-union efforts on behalf of the company. The list includes several top 2013 candidates in Comptroller John Liu, Speaker Chris Quinn, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, as well as other notable names like Reverend Al Sharpton, Minority Leader John Sampson, Congress Members, Council Members and more.
“We are very disappointed that Cablevision refused to participate in the public, union-management debate this past Wednesday, over the merits of union representation for your Brooklyn workforce,” the letter begins. “This debate would have provided an opportunity to bring conversations about joining the union out of the darkness of your ‘captive audience’ meetings and into the public where Cablevision, union organizers and workers could have an open discussion.”
The elected officials and community activists then request a sit-down meeting with Mr. Dolan next Monday. Underscoring their point, Reverend Sharpton will be headlining a rally outside of Cablevision’s offices along with a collection of elected officials and activists.
“We hope Cablevision management will have the courage of its convictions and agree to meet with our delegation to discuss ways in which the company can let the process unfold free of intimidation and harassment,” the letter concludes. ”We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.”
Read the letter below: