Last night, members of the Communications Workers of America Union distributed flyers calling Cablevision CEO James Dolan an “Ebenezer Scrooge” outside the annual holiday fundraiser for the Lustgarten Foundation, a pancreatic cancer charity supported by the company. Cablevision released a statement about the situation this afternoon calling the union’s activities at the event “shameful” and accusing CWA of numerous other misdeeds.
“This benefit was about curing pancreatic cancer. For the CWA union to interfere with this important effort is a new low for a union that has already tried to exploit Hurricane Sandy, intimidate employees and mislead other unions,” the statement said. “It is deeply offensive to not only Cablevision employees and customers, but also to cancer sufferers and their families.”
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez thinks the American government may be behind his battle with cancer. President Chavez made his remarks during a year-end address to troops yesterday, one day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In recent years, several leftist Latin American leaders have been diagnosed with cancer including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo, and the former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. President Chavez was treated for a cancerous tumor in June.
“Would it be so strange that they’ve invented the technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?” Chavez asked. “It is very hard to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some leaders in Latin America. It’s at the very least strange, very strange.”