Council Speaker Christine Quinn sent a strongly-worded letter to Cablevision CEO James Dolan today telling him that she supports the efforts of workers in the Bronx affiliate of his company to unionize.
I am writing to express my strong support for efforts by Cablevision technicians in the Bronx to organize by joining the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
These hardworking technicians, who have helped Cablevision remain one of the most successful cable television companies in the nation, simply want to have a voice in the workplace.
While I recognize the truly tough economic times that we are in, it’s important that these technicians be able to exercise their right to organize and collectively bargain.
The unionizing effort in the Bronx follows up an early one in Brooklyn in which the company resisted efforts by workers to unionize. This brought about a huge backlash by prominent elected officials in the city, including most of the 2013 mayoral contenders. The matter will come to a vote later this month.
The Communications Workers of America is one of the pre-eminent gets for any politico with citywide ambitions, and Ms. Quinn seems determined to come out early in this latest round of the battle with Cablevision.
Full letter is below:
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