CNN agrees to record USD76M settlement over labour dispute

AP – CNN has agreed to pay USD76 million in backpay as part of a record settlement with the federal labour board after the cable television network terminated the contracts of unionised camera operators in 2003.

The settlement is the “largest monetary remedy” in the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) 85-year history, the agency said in a statement on Friday. The settlement will benefit more than 300 people, officials said.

“The settlement demonstrates the Board’s continued commitment to enforcing the law and ensuring employees who were treated unfairly obtain the monetary relief ordered by the Board,” General Counsel Peter B Robb said in the statement.

The NLRB said CNN ended its contract with a unionsed subcontractor, Team Video Services, and then replaced the workers with new employees “without recognising or bargaining with the two unions that had represented the TVS employees.”

“After more than a decade of litigation, negotiation and appeals we are pleased to have resolved a longstanding legal matter,” a CNN spokesperson said.