Tuesday, August 8, 2017

De Blasio Warns City May Revoke Spectrum's Franchise Agreement Amid Labor Dispute


Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday morning appeared to threaten to revoke the franchise of one of the city's largest cable and internet providers—a company locked in a bitter battle with the union that represents its employees.

Charter Communications, which had absorbed Time Warner Cable and rebranded it as Spectrum last year, failed to reach a contract deal with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 in March—resulting in 1,800 technicians going on strike. The union has taken issue with the telecommunications giant's push to pay less toward pensions and health benefits, and accused the company of refusing to bargain, accusations Charter has denied.

De Blasio reiterated earlier statements of support for Local 3 on his weekly "Ask the Mayor" segment on WNYC and once more offered to help mediate a deal at City Hall.

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Source: Crain's New York Business (via The Empire Report)

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