Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, several City Council members, and union members gathered at New York City Hall Tuesday to back a pro-union Cablevision technician who they say was fired unfairly in August.
Jerome Thompson Jr. was let go after 11 years. The Bethpage-based company said Tuesday that he was fired for misconduct, including a vehicle crash, leaving the scene of an accident, blasting loud music and racking up hundreds of dollars in improper telephone charges. His union, the Communications Workers of America, said he was fired because he spoke out at a meeting against company labor policy, analogizing it to slavery. Cablevision has filed a defamation suit against Thompson, the union and others over that allegation.
At the event, James said, "It's time that Cablevision end its practice of union busting, and that's all that this is about."
Cablevision, which owns Newsday, said in a statement, "Cablevision's workforce is one of the most diverse in New York City. This press conference is nothing more than another malicious attempt . . . to mislead the public about our Company and an ex-employee who was terminated for cause. They are not telling the truth."