CWA Cablevision Battle In Brief:
- August 2011, Cablevision Techs in Brooklyn approach CWA picket lines during two week strike against Verizon
- January 2012, Cablevision Brooklyn Techs vote 180 to 86 to join CWA
- Bronx Cablevision Techs organize and prepare to vote to join the union.
- Before the Bronx vote James Dolan, who runs Cablevision, gives all workers except the CWA Brooklyn techs raises of $2 to $9 an hour
- Brooklyn votes down union after raises and in person threats from Dolan
- Dolan runs family business he inherited: Cablevision, MSG network, Madison Square Garden, Knicks, Rangers.
- Labor board later rules unlawfull timing on raises, anti-union threats in Brooklyn
- January, 2013 Cablevision fires 22 unionized techs for taking advantage of company's so-called "open door" policy to let management know they are backing union while Cablevision stalls contract negotiation.
- Cablevision slowly hires back 22 techs after outcry from politicians and community leaders, including Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio, claims there is no connection
- Cablevision fires unionized tech Jerome Thompson, after he indirectly compares the company to slavery.
- James Dolan continues to interfere and screw up the Knicks, and amazingly enough, his lame "blues rock" group, JD and the Straight Shots, opens for the Eagles, at - where else - Madison Square Garden! Still no contract with CWA, 3 years after certification.
- February, 2013 CWA Brooklyn Cablevision Techs ratify contract! They said Dolan would never give in, but the CWA techs held strong, and won virtual parity with other Cablevision workers (a big boost in pay), "just cause" job security, and provisions on contracting out work. And their dignity.
- Now let's get Jerome Thompson back to work.
Cablevision rally at Avenue D Garage in Brooklyn to support fight for union contract, September 26, 2014