UPDATED: The cable company wants the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC to rule that the National Labor Relations Board lacks a quorum, alleging that President Obama’s recess appointments “were not legal.” If Cablevision prevails, then it would halt the NLRB’s plan to file a complaint charging that the company resorted to intimidation, bribery and harassment to stop some of its workers in the Bronx from joining the Communications Workers of America. Cablevision says that federal appeals courts in DC and the Third Circuit “have ruled that the NLRB lacks a valid quorum and thus has no authority to take action. Yet the NLRB is ignoring these rulings”, requiring the cable operator to “devote overwhelming amounts of time and money to participate in a lengthy, pointless trial.” Those challenging the president say that his NLRB appointments were illegal because they were made while the Senate was on an intrasession break, not between sessions. They also say that an appointment can only be made to positions that opened up during a recess. The NLRB has said that it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the decisions regarding the recess appointments. Cablevision and the CWA have been at war for more than two years over the company’s efforts to fight unionization efforts. CWA’s Bob Master says that Cablevision’s move is “just more of the same from a company that seems to think that the law doesn’t apply to them, and leaves workers and customers behind.”
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