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Cablevision Asks Supreme Court to Halt NLRB Trial

MSO Seeks Emergency Stay in Labor Dispute 7/01/2013 3:55 PM Eastern

Cablevision Systems  on Monday asked the Supreme Court  for an emergency stay that would immediately suspend the National Labor Relations Board’s active pursuit of complaints against the company.

In its petition of Chief Justice John Roberts, Cablevision said it is seeking immediate relief from the Supreme Court to stay an upcoming administrative trial, a move that comes after Cablevision failed on Friday (June 28) to secure a stay from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

In late May, Cablevision asked the D.C. court to suspend the NLRB’s pursuit of complaints, arguing that a such a trial is pointless and expensive in terms of both time and money.

“The role of Congress is to ensure a balanced NLRB and the Obama administration bypassed Congress in order to stack the NLRB in favor of Big Labor,” Cablevision said, in a statement issued on Monday. “Two different federal courts – the D.C. Circuit and the Third Circuit – have established that the NLRB is illegally constituted and has no authority to take action.  The NLRB continues to ignore these rulings, and we ask the Supreme Court to compel the NLRB to immediately halt its unlawful proceedings against Cablevision.”

The NLRB has blocked a vote by Cablevision employees in Brooklyn over whether what Cablevision says is a small number of employees should continue to be represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which is in a contract dispute with Cablevision.

 

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