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Cablevision Rehires 22 Union Workers They Fired
As Company's Union Feud Stumbles Forth
by Karl Bode 08:24AM Monday Apr 01 2013
Last year Cablevision employees in Brooklyn voted to unionize for the first time in the company's history, a significant move given the fact that just 2-4% of cable technicians are unionized. The unionization has resulted in a heated feud ever since, with Cablevision suing the CWA for claims about sub-par service and post Sandy robocalls aimed at getting users to call in for refunds. Last month Cablevision went so far as to fire 22 Cablevision employees and key union leaders who stopped work one day and demanded face time with Cablevision executives.

Cablevision has since rehired those workers after their firings saw a month of extra attention from political candidate hopefuls and the unions. Still, the workers say they continue to struggle with poor or no health care and low wages, and their efforts to negotiate a first contract are facing Cablevision roadblocks:
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Last year, Adams and 281 of his Brooklyn colleagues overwhelmingly voted to join the Communications Workers of America. But they've struggled to negotiate a new contract. Many of the technicians who contract with Cablevision do not receive health benefits and are paid on a sliding scale based on each call, with some earning as low as $20,000 a year, according to union officials. A congressional labor committee on Monday highlighted their plight, citing it as a case study on problems in negotiating first contracts after workers organize a union.
$20,000 in New York City will of course buy you a nice hat, and workers say they were simply using Cablevision's "open door policy" to speak to executives about low pay. After the firing, the CWA tried to push the city council to pull Cablevision's franchise agreement, and the negative PR simply grew too hot for Cablevision to handle.

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CAST SUCKS

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do they have pay the costs of useing the truck as well?

do they have pay the costs of using the truck as well?

like gas and other upkeep?

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Re: do they have pay the costs of useing the truck as well?

said by CAST SUCKS :

do they have pay the costs of using the truck as well?

like gas and other upkeep?

Most likely not. Union techs are not contractors and they generally drive company owned trucks and are paid pretty well.

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This is the people we're dealing with here... »www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/0···business

Alexregopk

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5

Karl did u read the articles u linked to? It read 5 of 22 rehired.

mikesterr

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Re: 5

I think your looking at the old March 1st article.

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Re: 5

said by mikesterr:

I think your looking at the old March 1st article.

Yep - especially since the headline of the newewr article says:

"Cablevision brings back 22 employees who groused over stalled contract talks "

D'OH.. .:)
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some common sense

as you can imagine gremlins are creeping into the system in Brooklyn resulting in service calls to happen. this is not as smart as paying employees slightly more and having the company split nodes properly & re-provision the network cheaper in the long run rather than have 12 service calls & truck rolls happen before they come to that conclusion. at a minimum CV can spare $1.75/hour more for entry level-- just make sure the truck rolls are justified first.

I was wondering.. when they bump your upstream from 22mhz to 32mhz does that mean they split a node because of overprovisioning, getting ready for docsis 3.1 or something else?
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Re: some common sense

no, it means they raised it to a higher frequency because 22mhz is affected by noise much worse than 32 mhz is.
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Re: some common sense

It could mean that, if everyone went from 22MHz to 32 MHz, but more likely it's just regular balancing that happens automatically.

Eddy120876

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Hey I don't trust cablevision at all. Their execs get paid really well and the workers don't and those nice Exec's are bailing out then there's something really wrong with CV
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Re: some common sense

Right you are Eddy!

Sweet revenge for those workers who were WRONGLY fired because they were exercising their union rights.

This isn't true of just CV but of so many businesses in general today.

These brASS tacks are rewarded with a king's ransom WHETHER THEY PERFORM OR NOT, while the rank and file are increasingly paid less and less for more work and are often fired "just because" even if they perform excellently .
Cogdis

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Cost of living in NYC

$20,000/year in NYC isn't the same as it is in other areas of the country. If Cablevision is making a nice profit I think they should pay the employees that make it possible.

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Re: Cost of living in NYC

said by Cogdis:

$20,000/year in NYC isn't the same as it is in other areas of the country. If Cablevision is making a nice profit I think they should pay the employees that make it possible.

The workers probably live in Newark, NJ

Morelies

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Entry level techs for Cablevision make much more than $20,000 a year.

Totallies

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More union lies

" poor or no health care and low wages" Is an absolute lie! Cablevision workers have much better healthcare than most people, especially most in the CWA.
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Re: More union lies

need to understand a majority of truck rolls are handles by 3rd party contractors in NYC.. these are very lowly paid workers.. no benefits AFAIK-- work is paid by the hour or job depending on terms of employment.

nevertheless, $1.75 an hour or $5 a job more is not out of line moving into 2014 regardless if your check has a CV logo or something else.