CNN Pays Record Union-Busting Fine | ucomm blog
For the past 15 years, CNN tried to argue that they were not the employees’ direct boss. Instead, they claimed that the camera operators were simply working as contractors who were employed by a different company. However the board ruled in 2014, and a federal appeals court agreed in 2017, that CNN was a successor employer and was thus responsible.
“After more than 15 years, this settlement agreement finally delivers justice for workers who experienced serious hardship in their lives due to CNN’s union-busting practices,” said NABET-CWA President Charlie Braico. “This incredible settlement in workers’ favor should send a very clear message to CNN and to other employers that union-busting is illegal and has consequences.”
The settlement comes as NABET-CWA was ramping up pressure on the company. The union was planning on picketing the January 14th CNN Democratic debate, forcing the current Democratic National Committee and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to step in. CWA also brought in AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey to pressure the company into a settlement. CNN is part of AT&T’s WarnerMedia division and the CWA represents workers at AT&T.