After a contentious dispute, Cablevision’s Brooklyn workforce voted to unionize with the Communication Workers of America. The union blasted out a press release touting the results. CWA says that they are the first Cablevision workers to join a union and that “cable TV is an overwhelmingly non-union industry while the traditional telecommunications industry remains highly unionized.”
Needless to say, union officials are extremely happy. “Over the past few months these courageous workers withstood a blistering assault on their right to form a union,” CWA District One Vice President, Chris Shelton, said. “Cablevision truly took the low road by pressuring workers with endless amounts misinformation, but these workers–backed by countless community leaders and elected officials–stood strong. Now we will bargain collectively for a contract that gives the Cablevision 99% equity and dignity on the job.”
Many politicians, including prominent candidates for citywide office like Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, joined CWA’s battle to unionize the workforce. Union advocates were especially motivated by what they felt were Cablevision’s efforts to stop the vote from happening.
Update: Cablevision sends over a statement:
“We are disappointed by the outcome of this vote. In the worst economy in memory, Cablevision has not laid off a single technician, unlike our competitors who have cut thousands of unionized positions. In fact, Cablevision has created jobs. We value our employees and the work they do and believe the CWA has little to offer them. We are assessing our options.”