District 8

Melissa Mark-Viverito

El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris

Letter to Charter Spectrum re: labor dispute with IBEW Local 3

A letter from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to Charter Spectrum Executive Vice President Tom Adams regarding The Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry (Local Union #3, IBEW) labor dispute:

April 21, 2017

Tom Adams
Executive Vice President
Field Operations Spectrum

Dear Mr. Adams:

I am writing today regarding your ongoing contract dispute with Local 3 and, more specifically, to urge you to resolve the dispute quickly and in a manner that provides fair and appropriate terms to your employees.

As you know, Local 3 represents 1,800 members of your workforce. These individuals, who range from warehouse and service technicians to the members of the engineering department, simply cannot continue to work without a fair contract. Therefore, I find it disturbing to receive reports that Local 3 has tried to bargain with both your organization and the previous owners, Time Warner Cable, in good faith for two years without success. If negotiations are not currently happening, it is time for both your organizations to come to the table.

It is important to the City that both your organization and Local 3 work together to resolve this dispute not only to protect workers, but also to protect the New Yorkers who depend on your services and to ensure your company’s compliance with our franchise agreement. As you are undoubtedly aware, under the terms of this agreement, you have an important obligation to city customers. With your workers on strike, thousands of New Yorker are at risk of having their service disrupted. This means students may not be able to complete their homework, families may not be able to access important city services, and companies may be at risk of losing business.

I would also note that this contract dispute could not have happened at a more unfortunate time. In light of Attorney General Schneiderman’s lawsuit against your organization, many New Yorkers are wondering whether they are receiving the internet services that they have paid for. It is important for you to demonstrate that your organization is capable of resolving this dispute with its workers and providing fast, reliable internet service to its customers.

Again, it is my hope and expectation that this dispute will be resolved fairly and in a timely manner. My colleagues on the City Council and I believe that Charter Communications can fulfill the obligations of the franchise agreement, improve upon its predecessor’s service, and act in a fair manner toward its employees.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance in this matter. Sincerely,

Melissa Mark-Viverito

cc: Thomas M. Rutledge