CNN Agrees to Pay $76 Million to Settle Allegations It Violated Federal Labor Law

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The agreement ended a 17-year dispute that began when CNN terminated a contract with Team Video Services and replaced the workers with nonunion labor. Credit Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Reprinted from The New York Times by on January 10, 2020.

CNN has agreed to pay $76 million in back pay to settle allegations that it violated federal labor law when it replaced hundreds of unionized broadcast technicians more than 15 years ago, the National Labor Relations Board said Friday.

The board said the settlement was the largest monetary remedy in its 84-year history and more than the amount the agency collects in a typical year.

The agreement ends a long-running dispute that erupted in 2003, when CNN terminated a contract with Team Video Services, which had provided audio and video services to the cable company’s New York and Washington bureaus.

CNN then hired new employees to perform the same work without recognizing or bargaining with the two unions that had represented the Team Video Services employees, the board said Friday. …

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