Cablevision takes union fight to Supreme Court

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Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to suspend complaints filed by the National Labor Relations Board--a move that could allow some of its field technicians and dispatchers to proceed with a vote to exit the Communications Workers of America.

In February, Cablevision announced that some of its 282 employees in Brooklyn, N.Y., who agreed to join CWA last year had petitioned NLRB to schedule a vote which would allow them to quit the union. But NLRB has refused to schedule a vote, and in April it accused Cablevision of using intimidation to stop Cablevision employees in the Bronx from joining CWA.

"The role of Congress is to ensure a balanced NLRB and the Obama Administration bypassed Congress in order to stack the NLRB in favor of big labor," Cablevision said in a prepared statement. The MSO also asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last month to suspend the NLRB complaints, but its petition is still pending.

CWA representatives continue to hound Cablevision CEO Jim Dolan and other executives, attempting to pressure the company to agree to a contract that could see the Brooklyn dispatchers and technicians get a pay raise. Dolan asked police to remove union protesters from Cablevision's annual meeting in May, and union protesters also disrupted a presentation that CFO Gregg Seibert gave at a recent investor conference.

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