Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Cablevision workers launch campaign to promote Barclays Center over MSG for All-Star Game, but Brooklyn arena labor record not so sweet


The Daily News reported yesterday, in Arenas battle to host the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, as ad campaign targets MSG in favor of Barclays:
An advertising blitz that kicks of Tuesday will urge the NBA to bypass Madison Square Garden for the Barclays Center as the site for the league’s 2015 All-Star Game, the Daily News has learned.
The ads charge that Garden owner James Dolan “shouldn’t be rewarded with the All-Star Game” because he “fires and intimidates” workers at his other company, Cablevision.
The ads — on bus shelters and billboards and online — are being financed by the Communications Workers of America, which represents workers at Cablevision.
The Garden's response:
MSG spokeswoman Kimberly Kerns said, “Madison Square Garden has long-standing, productive relationships with more than 25 unions, and expects those relationships to continue. Madison Square Garden and Cablevision are separate companies, and one thing has nothing to do with the other.”
The CWA has produced not one but two websites, Brooklyn Not Busters (right) and Bring it to Brooklyn (bottom).

Cablevision, MSG, and the Barclays Center

There's certainly much evidence that Cablevision is not a union-friendly employer.

But the Barclays Center--"It's Brooklyn's turn to host the NBA All-Star Game in 2015," says the ad below--is hardly pure, either.

After all, they promote the part-time jobs but don't offer health insurance, they've wrongly claimed to City Council that a major subcontractor is a union shop.

And, as the photo at right suggests, they've provoked a decertification vote by conversion workers. They just don't face a concerted effort, as does MSG, to highlight their record with labor.

Nor did the Daily News make the effort to point out the commonality. Could it have anything to do with the plaza outside the Barclays Center, or the Golden Gloves tournament inside, sponsored by the Daily News? There's no evidence, but let's put it this way: the newspaper has a bit of a conflict.

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