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CWA Wants Adelphia Probed

8/26/2003 8:39 AM Eastern

A labor union wants a bankruptcy court to investigate claims that Adelphia
Communications is wasting scarce resources fending off union organization
efforts.

The
Communications Workers of America said in a motion Monday in federal bankruptcy
court in New York City that 'an investigation into the debtors' wasteful
and divisive conduct towards its unions is demonstrably in the best interest of the
estate.'

Arguments are to be heard on the matter on Sept. 16.

The CWA claimed Adelphia has spent $320,000 on replacement worker wages and
incentives; transportation and housing; anti-strike and job fair ads; and
customer communications to stifle a strike in Morgantown, W. Va.

Forty CWA members walked out there on May 21 but returned, under threat of
permanent replacement, on June 11, the union says.

A 3% wage hike for those same workers would cost only $184,000 over three
years, the CWA contends.

The CWA also cited activities in Auburn, N.Y., where an International
Brotherhood of Teamsters unit is battling Adelphia.

Replacement workers there are operating the system, delivered past the picket
line in a limousine, the CWA claims.

The strike there is in its 12th week.

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