CABLEVISION SUES CWA UNION DISTRICT 1 AND LOCAL 1109 IN NEW YORK

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Cablevision Systems Corp. and received via e-mail. The
release was confirmed by the sender.) 
CABLEVISION FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST CWA UNION DISTRICT 1 AND LOCAL
1109 IN NEW YORK STATE SUPREME COURT, NASSAU COUNTY 
BETHPAGE, NY, December 26, 2012 - 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 statement: 
“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: 
• Cablevision in fact delivers services over identically
provisioned, equivalent infrastructure to both Brooklyn and the
Bronx.
• The 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 hours.
• The 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: 
• Staged a protest in an attempt to disrupt a cancer research
fundraising event sponsored by Cablevision
• Exploited Hurricane Sandy by placing misleading “robocalls” to
storm victims
• Disseminated untruthful statements about the company to
government officials
• Misled 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, the last
time Cablevision workers voted on union representation, in late
June, technicians in the Bronx voted 123-41 against the CWA
Union and in favor of maintaining their direct relationship with
Cablevision. 
(sgp) NY 
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