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Boston to Comcast: "Stop Abusing Workers' Rights!"
29 Jun 2004
Local groups cite report documenting telecommunication giant's pattern of silencing workers voices
BOSTON – Telephone workers and community supporters will release a report on Wednesday, June 30 calling on Comcast to end its costly interference in employees' freedom to unite for a voice at work and to negotiate in good faith with its union members.

The report – authored by the National Workers' Rights Board – features testimony provided by Comcast employees along with evidence provided by their unions indicting Comcast Corporation for systematic abuse of workers' rights.

Jobs with Justice, IBEW Local 2222 and CWA District One are kicking off a campaign to hold Comcast to a higher standard of conduct. Copies of the report are available by contacting JWJ at the above number or after June 30 on the national Jobs with Justice website at

Comcast's low road approach to its employees is important because it is the nation's largest cable TV and broadband Internet company employing 68,000 people in 4,000 communities and about 2,800 people in Greater Boston. As a powerhouse telecommunications company capitalizing on high tech "digital convergence," Comcast is an example of why 75 year-old labor laws need to be modernized.

"When workers want to unite for a voice at work, Comcast shouldn't be allowed to use its power to interfere in their free choice," said John Horgan, a 22-year service technician at Verizon and member of IBEW Local 2222. "Its abuse of workers' rights puts all of us who sell and install telephone and high speed Internet services at a disadvantage. This report is just one example of how Comcast has refused to adhere to our community's standards."

The release of the report coincides with workplace actions by union members this week to promote the Employee Free Choice Act: federal legislation that will clear many of the unfair obstacles workers face when they try to join together in unions.

Comcast's record of abuse spurred the National Workers' Rights Board to call for reforms establishing stiffer penalties against labor law-breaking companies and provisions for mediation and arbitration to help workers reach their first union contract.
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