Cuomo, Union Leaders Renew Campaign Against Spectrum

December 05, 2018 - 6:22 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The organized labor fight against Charter Spectrum is going into overdrive after reports indicated the company walked away from negotiations over the last week.

Stretching from Park Avenue to Lexington Avenue, organized labor from across the workforce showed up to support the nearly two-year long strike of IBEW Local 3 against Spectrum.

“You have to show the workforce fairness and respect,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at the rally Wednesday. “That means fair pay. It means fair pensions, fair benefits, fair work rules and respect for the workforce.”

The strike began in March 2017 when Spectrum looked to force technicians away from their union benefits and into the company’s plans.

Reports indicated that the two sides were hard at work to negotiate an agreement until last weekend when Spectrum abruptly ended talks.

At the rally Wednesday, union leaders were joined by Cuomo as they reestablished their call for elected officials to boycott Spectrum-owned channels such as NY1.

Cuomo stopped appearing on the Spectrum-owned news channel months ago.

The company issued a statement saying, “Charter has been negotiating in good faith with Local 3 for over 20 months, and we are incredibly disappointed that despite our best efforts and numerous offers, the union continues to block an agreement.  Charter has offered significant concessions to end the strike including addressing the union's two biggest concerns, bringing many strikers back and making payments into the union's benefits plan. Nevertheless, we remain committed to investing in our first-class workforce and delivering superior products and service to our customers.”