Attempts to unionize the mostly non-union masses of cable TV industry technicians over the years have been hit-and-miss. For every minor success, such as a vote last January by Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) technicians in Brooklyn to join the Communications Workers of America union, there have been setbacks elsewhere. In Chicago, for example, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was unable to gain enough support last year from cable technicians in one South Side neighborhood to bring them into the fold.
Now, in the nearby Chicago suburb of Romeoville, the Teamsters are making their own effort to help organize currently non-union Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) cable TV technicians. CBS Chicago reported that the effort started at a Comcast supply warehouse in Romeoville after workers there approached local Teamsters Council 25.
The 150 or so workers at the Romeoville site are set to vote to join the Teamsters union on Oct. 11. Comcast employs 90,000 cable workers nationwide, and only 2 percent are unionized, according to the CBS report.
-see this CBS Chicago report
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Cablevision employees in Brooklyn voted to join the CWA