Why We Are On Strike

After nine years on the job, I joined my sisters and brothers of IBEW Local 3 in standing up and striking against Charter/Spectrum Cable over their continued disrespect of workers and the customers we serve. This decision was not made lightly.

For years, my coworkers and I have been targeted for punishment because we advocate for our customers. *Customers who deserve the services they were promised. We take great union pride in the work we do, but Charter/Spectrum is refusing to provide us the tools, resources and support we need to do our jobs properly.

In addition, the company has proposed drastic health care cuts for unionized workers and their families and wants to eliminate our pensions and job security. We decided we simply can no longer stay silent.

We can win. With your help we can show a Multi-Billion dollar company like Charter/Spectrum that labor and the community stand together! Here are the actions you can take now to support the fight:

1).  Sign the petition to pull Spectrum Cable’s franchise agreement with NYC. Tell them it’s time to show respect to workers and customers.

2).  File complaints against Spectrum Cable  with the Public Service Commission and the Attorney General of NYC.

In Solidarity,

Joseph Mossa
IBEW Local 3 Technician on Strike at Charter/Spectrum Communications

 


*Recently New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made the decision to sue Spectrum/Charter communications for misleading customers by failing to deliver the faster Internet speed and performance they were promised.

Background Information

Local Union No. 3, IBEW representing 1800 employees of Charter Communications/Spectrum is on strike. The Local 3 members formerly employed by Time Warner Cable before the purchase by Charter have been working under an expired agreement. Both TWC and Charter have refused to bargain with Local 3 for over 2 years.

A number of high profile labor disputes have been in the news over the past year – IBEW and CWA members employed by Verizon, IUE-CWA Local 81359/81380 members employed by Momentive Performance Materials in upstate NY, and the Fight for $15 initiative focused in low-wage industries like fast-food and service jobs. Clearly, the tactics employed by Charter/Spectrum during these negotiations are pulled directly from the corporate playbook.

  • CHARTER/SPECTRUM promised customer’s internet speeds knowing their equipment was not capable of delivering.
  • CHARTER/SPECTRUM has been disciplining their technicians over repeat service calls to customers over unobtainable Wi-Fi internet speeds.
  • CHARTER/SPECTRUM is forcing technicians to install refurbished equipment not capable of maintaining internet speeds.
  • CHARTER/SPECTRUM is not providing proper training and promotions to their technicians.
  • CHARTER/SPECTRUM are using subcontractors from other states in violation of the New York City Franchise Agreement.
  • CHARTER/SPECTRUM proposes to reduce medical benefits for their technicians.
  • CHARTER/SPECTRUM is being sued by NYS Attorney General Schneiderman for lying about their internet speed. (Please see press release at the following link:    https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-announces-lawsuit-against-spectrum-time-warner-cable-and-charter)

According to the informational website run by rank and file Charter/Spectrum employees – http://nycabletruth.blogspot.com/ – these are some of the proposals put forth by Charter thus far:

  • Charter wants to eliminate Pension and Hospitalization plan contributions.
  • Charter wants to eliminate the Educational and Cultural Trust Fund contributions. Funds will no longer will be available for employees and spouses to attend college.
  • Charter wants to eliminate Annuity/HRA contributions, Dental, and the Company 401k.
  • Charter wants to eliminate Social Security (FICA) which is an additional 7.65% of your salary.
  • Charter wants to eliminate overtime pay for Saturday and Sunday.
  • Charter wants to reduced holidays from 9 to 7 days (eliminate your birthday day and religious holiday).
  • Charter wants to eliminate bargaining unit shifts and create shifts at their discretion at any time.
  • Charter wants to have union members paid bi-weekly instead of weekly.
  • Charter wants to eliminate all personal days including accrued personal days and eliminate unused payout of sick time.
  • Charter wants to eliminate the Subcontracting Clause which will allow them to lay off employees of the company even if outside contractors are being used.
  • Charter wants the right to subcontract out service and all bargaining unit work.
  • Charter wants to assign any employee regardless of seniority to any work location, in the five boroughs and New Jersey, at their discretion.
  • Charter wants to eliminate the representation of your Shop Steward.

This Week’s Actions

Technicians will be visiting the neighborhoods of the executives from the company that are keeping us out of work. We want to show our presence so they don’t forget the faces of the people they are making suffer. Tommorrow Tuesday July 18 Spectrum Cable will be co-chair panel at an event with the National Action …