In a lengthy decision issued last week, National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Steven Fish ruled that Cablevision violated the National Labor Relations Act. In pertinent part, the ALJ held that Cablevision committed unfair labor practices by refusing to pay back pay to reinstated workers who had been improperly terminated and also by offering bonuses to employees who voted against unionizing with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). But Cablevision was found not to have bargained with the CWA in bad faith.
A company spokesperson summed up the ruling thusly:
“Obviously, we are gratified that the CWA’s baseless charges that blocked an employee vote have been rejected by an NLRB judge, but unfortunately this does not clear the way for Cablevision employees in Brooklyn to vote for or against the CWA. Instead, the CWA and the NLRB have continued to use baseless charges simply designed to prevent Cablevision employees from voting,” the company said in a release on Friday.
This most recent ruling is merely part and parcel of a long-running labor dispute between Cablevision and the CWA. Most recently, Cablevision has sought to hold a decertification vote, but the National Labor Relations Board has not allowed it to do so because the company was facing unfair labor practice charges.
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