The NLRB Says Spectrum ‘May Have Broken Laws’ In Bid To Oust Its Union, NLRB Says Cable Spectrum Allegedly Threatened IBEW-Represented Workers In Mandatory Anti-Union Meeting - About 1,800 Went On Strike In 2017
(NEW YORK CITY) - A year-long campaign to boot a union of Spectrum technicians from the cable company’s New York facilities may fail after allegations Spectrum engaged in Anti-Union conduct in the lead-up to the Decertification Election, a Federal Labor Board Official said.
Voting concluded in February, nearly two years into a Strike by the Spectrum Workers, but results have been kept under seal pending rulings on earlier Union allegations of Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) by the company and confusion over who was eligible to vote.
Now the results finally appear ready to be finalized after NLRB Regional Director John J. Walsh ruled earlier this week on which ballots should count.
However, he added a big caveat: Evidence that Spectrum interfered with the election, including by threatening Workers if they voted for the Union, may void it. That could add a new layer of chaos and uncertainty to one of the longest ongoing Labor Disputes in the country.
About 1,800 Spectrum Workers represented by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 have been on Strike since March 28th, 2017.
The company has hired hundreds of permanent Replacement Workers and the Union has spent tens of thousands of dollars on an ad campaign urging customers to “cut the cord on Spectrum.”
Months after the Strike began, a former supervisor took a new job in the Bargaining Unit and filed for the Union to be decertified, which would effectively kick it out of the workplace.
The Union alleged the former supervisor was ineligible to file for decertification, but the Labor Board disagreed.
There are no formal allegations that the company moved the supervisor to initiate the election.
The Union provided the NLRB with an audio recording of a meeting Spectrum held with its Employees shortly before voting began in January in which the company allegedly promised Workers benefits and raises if the Union was decertified.
The company also allegedly threatened the Employees with fines, penalties and even violence if they decided to side with the Union.
The meeting was mandatory for Employees to attend, according to the IBEW Local.
The recording could “warrant setting aside the results of the election,” Walsh said in his supplemental decision that was released on August 5th.
Spectrum told the NLRB it never engaged in such conduct.
The Labor Board hasn’t made a final determination on whether the Union’s recording and allegations are valid, but if the counting of the votes adds up to Union Decertification, Walsh said, an investigation and hearing on the evidence would take place.
IBEW Local 3 did not respond to a request for comment.
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