Labor troubles continue for Dolan, Cablevision, report says

Cablevision's (NYSE: CVC) union troubles did not end when it finally forged a collective bargaining agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in February.

According to the Daily Beast, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to accuse the MSO and its CEO, James Dolan, of unlawfully firing employees and failing to bargain in good faith, complaints stemming from a nasty two-year battle between Cablevision and its unionized Brooklyn technical workers.

On June 23, Cablevision lawyers appeared in front of an administrative law judge in response to complaints received and investigated by an NLRB regional office. The outcome of that hearing is pending.

"I found sufficient evidence that there were threats made directly and in speeches by Mr. Dolan as well as unlawful discharges of employees and a failure to bargain in good faith," said James Paulsen, the NLRB regional director in Brooklyn who has issued multiple complaints against the company, to the Daily Beast.

Responding in a statement, a Cablevision spokesman said, "This is a ridiculous and false attack which is not worthy of either a response or any attention from readers."

The CWA is also being investigated by the NLRB for allegedly strong-arming some of its constituency in the run-up to its deal with Cablevision. According to a June 12 letter from the NLRB, pro-union Cablevision employees may have threatened co-workers who didn't want to join the CWA.

For more:
- read this Daily Beast article

Related links:
AT&T Midwest, CWA extend labor contract while negotiations continue
Cablevision's unionized Brooklyn workers approve collective bargaining agreement
Cablevision accuses NYC Mayor and CWA of 'scheming' in secret meeting

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