Cablevision Defies Nlrb -- Says It's Illegal
Cablevision has asked a federal appeals court in Washington DC to rule that the National Labor Relations Board has no authority to take action against it since it lacks a quorum. The cable company, which principally operates in the New York City area, claims that President Obama acted illegally when he appointed three members to the five-member NLRB without Senate approval last year while Congress was in recess. The NLRB said last month that it planned to file a complaint against Cablevision, charging it with making illegal threats to prevent employees from joining the Communications Workers of America, which has been seeking to organize Cablevision's employees. The board also claimed that Cablevision had offered raises to its workers in an effort to prevent them from joining the union. And the CWA has charged that Cablevision fired 22 staff members who joined the union. Cablevision has called the complaints baseless. Deadline.com reported that at least three CWA supporters disrupted a presentation by Cablevision CFO Gregg Seibert at an investors conference in New York today, one of them shouting, Greedy people like yourself and like the owner of Cablevision James Dolan refuse to give workers a fair contract.