CNN agrees to record $76M set­tle­ment over la­bor dis­pute

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

CNN has agreed to pay $76 mil­lion in back­pay as part the set­tle­ment with the fed­eral la­bor board af­ter the ca­ble TV net­work ter­mi­nated the con­tracts of union­ized cam­era op­er­a­tors in 2003.

The set­tle­ment is the “largest mon­e­tary rem­edy” in the Na­tional La­bor Re­la­tions Board’s his­tory, the agency said Fri­day.

“The set­tle­ment demon­strates the Board’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to en­forc­ing the law and en­sur­ing em­ploy­ees who were treated un­fairly ob­tain the mon­e­tary re­lief or­dered by the Board,” Gen­eral Coun­sel Peter Robb said.

The NLRB said CNN ended its con­tract with a sub­con­trac­tor, Team Video Ser­vices, and then re­placed the work­ers with new em­ploy­ees “with­out rec­og­niz­ing or bar­gain­ing with the two unions that had rep­re­sented the TVS em­ploy­ees.”

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