Cablevision signs collective bargaining agreement with Brooklyn tech workers

Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) announced Friday that it has signed a collective bargaining agreement with 260 Brooklyn workers represented by the Communications Workers of America, ending a long, contentious battle with the unionized workers.

The Bethpage, N.Y.-based MSO didn't disclose details about the agreement. But the company does highlight the fact that none of its other 15,000 employees are represented by the CWA.

The agreement is still subject to ratification by the Brooklyn-based workers, Cablevision said.

"The collective bargaining agreement for our Brooklyn employees is balanced and fair and was hard-fought by both sides over many months," reads a Cablevision statement. "With this agreement, our focus in Brooklyn will continue to be providing the best connectivity and service to Cablevision customers."  

The CWA Local 1109, which represents the Brooklyn workers, has yet to comment.

Cablevision's discord with the unionized workers dates back to 2013 and has been contentious.

With Bill de Blasio, a newly elected New York City Mayor with strong pro-labor views, plying his influence to city projects, such as New York's recently announce public Wi-Fi initiative, settling the long-simmering, occasionally boiled-over feud makes strategic sense for Cablevision.

For more:
- read this Cablevision statement

Related links:
Cablevision accuses NYC Mayor and CWA of 'scheming' in secret meeting
Cablevision CEO James Dolan fights big labor in NYC … as pro-union mayor takes over Big Apple
Cablevision's Dolan accused of union-busting by NLRB

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