Cablevision Files Lawsuit Against CWA Union District 1 And Local 1109 In New
York State Supreme Court, Nassau County
BETHPAGE, N.Y., Dec. 26, 2012
BETHPAGE, N.Y., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cablevision Systems Corporation
(NYSE: CVC) filed a lawsuit today against the Communications Workers of
America (CWA) District 1 and Local 1109 (collectively the "CWA Union"), in New
York State Supreme Court, Nassau County, for making patently false and
defamatory claims about the speed and quality of Cablevision's Internet
service in Brooklyn, New York.
Commenting on the lawsuit and the CWA Union, Cablevision offered the following
"The CWA Union has acted in a deceptive and libelous manner with the
deliberate intention of harming Cablevision, misleading our customers and
injuring the reputation of our company. It is outrageous that the CWA and
its Local 1109, which represents a small number of employees in one
Cablevision facility in Brooklyn, would resort to these actions as part of a
malicious campaign to intimidate our company. This is an insult to our
Brooklyn employees and our customers, and we are taking legal action to
ensure that this illegal behavior stops."
The complaint asserts that since October 2012, the CWA Union has been engaged
in an unlawful campaign to discredit and libel Cablevision and its business.
The centerpiece of its campaign has been the widespread dissemination of
intentionally false and malicious information about Cablevision, most
particularly about Cablevision's internet speeds. The CWA has ignored
repeated requests to cease and desist with these illegal actions.
Cablevision's lawsuit asserts that the CWA Union has made and continues to
make false and defamatory statements to the media, government officials,
directly to Cablevision subscribers, and to the public through their websites
that "internet speeds for Cablevision customers in Brooklyn are approximately
25% slower than for Cablevision customers in the Bronx" and that "speeds are
slower in Brooklyn than the rest of the city." The CWA Union has made
additional statements in the media and elsewhere that Cablevision is
purposefully providing an inferior service to its Brooklyn customers.
The CWA Union's statements are demonstrably false, malicious and without
foundation based on the following key facts:
oCablevisionin factdelivers services overidentically provisioned,
equivalentinfrastructure to both Brooklyn and the Bronx.
oThe FCC, in the government's most definitive measurement of broadband
speed delivered by Internet service providers, concluded in a report from
July 2012 that Cablevision provides superior Internet service, delivering
faster speeds than advertised across the entire day and peak weeknight
oThe CWA Union's purported testing of Cablevision's Internet is based on
flawed and unreliable data collected outside of Cablevision's network.
According to the complaint, in addition to its libelous statements about
Cablevision's services, the CWA Union has also:
oStaged a protest in an attempt to disrupt a cancer research fundraising
event sponsored by Cablevision
oExploited Hurricane Sandy by placing misleading "robocalls" to storm
oDisseminated untruthful statements about the company to government
oMisled Cablevision customers
The CWA Union represents a small number of employees in only one Cablevision
facility. Cablevision enjoys an excellent relationship with its employees
company-wide. In fact, thelast time Cablevision workers votedon
unionrepresentation, in late June, technicians in the Bronxvoted123-41
against the CWA Union and in favor of maintaining their direct relationship
About Cablevision Systems Corporation
Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading media and
telecommunications companies. In addition to delivering its Optimum-branded
cable, Internet, and voice offerings throughout the New York area, the Company
owns and operates cable systems serving homes in four Western states.
Cablevision's local media properties include News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and
Newsday Media Group. Cablevision also owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.
Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web
SOURCE Cablevision Systems Corporation
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