CNN to Pay $76 million in Back Pay in Largest Settlement in National Labor Relations Board History

CNN to Pay $76 million in Back Pay in Largest Settlement in National Labor Relations Board History


CNN has agreed to pay over $76 million in
back pay to over 300 former subcontractors they fired in 2003. CNN replaced the fired subcontractors with
new non-union employee who did the same thing. Variety reports CNN has agreed to pay $76
million to settle a back pay case involving union workers that marks the largest “monetary
remedy” in the 85-year history of National Labor Relations Board. The dispute began in 2003 when CNN fired a
group of unionized subcontractors working as video technicians and in other technical
and support roles. The cabler then hired new, non-union employees
for most of the same functions. That sparked a trail of litigation with National
Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians and Communications Workers of America, that
has been winding through federal adjudication for more than a decade. The NLRB is the federal agency designed to
protect the rights of employees to organize in the workplace. The settlement will be spread among more than
300 people. The NLRB noted that $76 million is more than
what it brings in during a typical year from back pay enforcement. “The settlement demonstrates the Board’s
continued commitment to enforcing the law and ensuring employees who were treated unfairly
obtain the monetary relief ordered by the Board,” NLRB general counsel Peter B. Robb
said. CNN has waged a protracted paperwork war on
the case. Ownership of CNN has changed hands since the
incidents in question, passing from Time Warner to AT&T in 2018. “After more than a decade of litigation,
negotiation and appeals we are pleased to have resolved a longstanding legal matter,”
a CNN rep said.

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