December 29, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
New York, NY- The National Labor Relations Board asked a federal court Dec. 17 to order Cablevision to reinstate Dorothea Perry, a union activist fired from her job at a company call center in Jericho on Long Island.
The board requested an injunction against the company, something it does in less than 1% of cases. Perry, who’s worked at Cablevision for 11 years, has been consistently described as an “exceptional” worker, but was “abruptly fired” after becoming the “point person” for an organizing drive, according to the Communications Workers of America, which represents about 300 company workers in Brooklyn. “Cablevision and its CEO James Dolan have a long history of violating federal labor law,” said CWA lawyer Richard Brodsky, citing the company’s illegally firing 22 workers in efforts to stop organizing campaigns in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The CWA is also trying to block the proposed sale of Cablevision to the Dutch company Altice, on the grounds that the $17.7 billion deal is “not in the public interest” because of both parties’ bad labor records. Read more