Cablevision says Brooklyn employees want to quit union

Suggests vote be held 'at the earliest possible date'
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One year after Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) employees in Brooklyn, N.Y., voted to join the Communications Workers of America, Cablevision said on Friday that union members are petitioning the National Labor Relations Board to schedule a vote that could see CWA's union status decertified.

The MSO didn't say how many of the 282 technicians and dispatchers who agreed to join the union last year signed the petition. "Virtually all Cablevision employees have a direct relationship with the company. Cablevision looks forward to an election at the earliest possible date to allow its Brooklyn employees to determine whether or not the CWA union will continue to represent them," Cablevision said in a statement issued on Friday.

Cablevision has been fighting CWA's attempts to unionize employees in other parts of its service areas in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. CWA officials have complained that Cablevision won't negotiate a new contract for its union members, and it has staged several protests near Cablevision facilities and events, including a cancer research fundraiser Cablevision held in December to support The Lustgarten Foundation. Cablevision also filed a defamation lawsuit against CWA in December.

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