12/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Judge: CNN Must Re-Hire 100 Fired Union Workers

This report likely won't be on CNN's "Headline News," but after five years, former workers at CNN have finally gained justice. In a decision made public today, an administrative law judge ordered the network to rehire 110 workers who were fired because they were union members. CNN also was ordered to recognize the workers' unions, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA (NABET-CWA) locals 31 and 11.

Judge Arthur Amchan found that CNN violated the rights of more than 250 employees at the network's bureaus in Washington, D.C., and New York City when it ended its subcontract with Team Video Services (TVS), whose employees were represented by NABET-CWA. He also ruled that CNN discriminated against TVS employees who wanted to continue working at CNN's bureaus to avoid having to recognize and bargain with the union.

Ed McEwan, president of Local 11, said the decision

is a victory for workers, but one that took far too long to achieve
because of our broken labor laws. Everyone in America should know that
the network management we rely on to bring us the news are not above the
illegal practices that they headline on a regular basis. From the very
beginning we promised our members that "we will not forget." We didn't,
and we're keeping up the fight until fairness is fully won.

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