Workers Group Targets Comcast

A workers' rights advocacy group, American Rights at Work, is releasing a report Wednesday charging Comcast with anti-union practices at various systems, including trying to de-unionize workers at systems it has purchased.

The group, which is less than a year old, is headed by Former Michigan House Democrat and minority whip David Bonior. The group's first report--last fall--was on nursing homes, so why is cable next in their sights?

Our intention is to look at a variety of industries and businesses and identify those with the most egregious track records," said a spokeswoman for the group. So why Comcast?

"Cable is a growing business," she said, "and Comcast is a leader."

Comcast spokesman Mike Weiss responded: “We believe employees should have the freedom to chose whether or not they work in a union environment and we invest in people with the belief that our company can only be as strong as our work force. Comcast has been a pro-employee, pro-wlorker company for 40 years. I haven’t seen this group’s report.”

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.