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|Comcast Workers Experience Gap Between “Pro-Employee” Rhetoric and Unfair Labor Practices|
New report documents questionable behavior and implications for telecom industry
Washington, DC -- Comcast complements its public image of business acumen and industry dominance with a professed "pro-employee" commitment. However, its employees who attempt to form unions or engage in collective bargaining recognize a gap between the company's words and its actions. As Comcast corporate leaders harness technological advancements to expand their market share and increase profitability, employees across the country report that they must routinely perform more work without comparable growth in compensation, navigate unsafe working conditions, and endure the arbitrary application of unfair evaluation processes. When Comcast workers attempt to address their concerns by forming unions or negotiating new contracts, their efforts often are met with terminations, indefinite delays in contract negotiations that freeze wages and benefits for years, and the movement of jobs from union shops to non-union facilities.
Those are among the findings of No Bargain: Comcast and the Future of Workers' Rights in Telecommunications,
a study by American Rights at Work, a new workers' rights advocacy
group based in Washington, DC. The report's conclusions are based on
an exhaustive review of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) records
and interviews with former and current Comcast employees.
"The employees of Comcast, like all other American workers, want and
need access to forms of participation and representation in corporate
decision making beyond those provided under the National Labor
Relations Act," wrote MIT's Thomas A. Kochan in the No Bargain
preface. Said American Rights at Work Executive Director Mary Beth
Maxwell, "We're calling on Comcast to live up to their promises and
public praise. Respect the right of workers to form unions. Begin to
bargain diligently with your union-represented workers. It is the right
thing to do, an economically feasible thing to do, and, most
importantly, an inherently American and democratic thing to do."
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American Rights at Work is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers.