CWA Unit Pickets Adelphia in State College


About 40 technicians and customer-care personnel picketed Adelphia Communications Corp.'s State College, Pa., facility last week to draw attention to a strike by cable workers in Morgantown, W.Va.

The Morgantown workers have been on strike against the bankrupt MSO since May 21, protesting proposed health-care cuts and a wage freeze. The Communications Workers of America said it wants to let State College consumers know that Adelphia has allegedly been "jeopardizing customer service" by sending workers from the Pennsylvania community to work in Morgantown in order to break the strike.

Adelphia's corporate office deferred requests for comment on the job action to the local office, but a machine was answering calls at that location.

The union claims Adelphia has failed to bargain in good faith and illegally coerced three employees. The National Labor Relations Board is investigating the allegations.

Separately, in Montgomery County, Va., another CWA local postponed a vote that could have formed a 300-member union among technicians and other workers at the Comcast Corp. system there.

The labor group has been trying to organize workers, but officials claim Comcast has intimidated employees. The Philadelphia-based MSO counters that it adheres to organizing rules governed by the NLRB.

The CWA said the delay gives the union more time to organize. No new date has been set for an election.