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City & State: Erikson's a Winner!

Not only did Erikson get NY's top politicians to boycott NY1, but he got Cuomo and de Blasio to work together

Kris LaGrange's picture
Oct 19, 2018

This week UCOMM wrote about how New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined together to support Local 3 IBEW’s strike at Spectrum. With the announcement that the two biggest elected officials in New York would not be appearing on Spectrum owned NY1, Local 3 Business Manager Chris Erikson did the unthinkable, he got the Governor and the Mayor on the same page and even got the Governor to say something nice about de Blasio.

Is this costing Spectrum money? Since de Blasio has stopped doing his weekly segment, Local 3 has gotten Tish James and Kirsten Gillibrand to pull out of scheduled debates on the network. A slew of other politicians has opted out of appearances and debates. The best part is more announcements of people joining the boycott are expected over the next few days. How much will this cost Spectrum and does this put them one step closer to stopping their surface bargaining? How long will Spectrum continue on this path before they begin real bargaining that ends the 19-month strike?

That’s why City & State has named him one of their Winners for the week. Check out what they wrote below and click here to vote for Chris Erikson as this week’s City & State Big Winner.

Chris Erikson- Despite threats to organized labor at the federal level, New York remains a place where elected officials are eager to align themselves with labor unions. Yet it was still remarkable that both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week publicly sided with Erikson’s IBEW Local 3 in its months-long standoff with Charter Communications. Whether it’s fair to target NY1, the respected newsgathering operation owned by Charter, is another story, but at minimum Erikson has achieved the rare feat of bringing the governor and the mayor together.

NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento Calls on US Senate Candidates to Act in Support of Striking Charter Spectrum Workers

"Over the last few days, elected officials across the state from Governor Andrew Cuomo to Public Advocate and Attorney General candidate Letitia “Tish” James have said enough is enough with regard to Charter Spectrum’s treatment of striking workers who belong to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3," said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. 

"These leaders have stood up and said they will not be complicit in this strike by continuing to participate in the company’s events.  We commend them for standing with hardworking New Yorkers fighting for fair wages and benefits, and quite simply respect.

"We understand that Local 3 will be taking their fight to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, host of the upcoming US Senate debate, set to air on Charter Spectrum channels across the state.

"We urge debate participants to respect the workers and their fight.  It’s time for all elected and would-be elected officials to put workers first and do the right thing on behalf of those who are sacrificing  so much for the good of all working people," Cilento said.

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