Fired CNN Technician Holds On To “Unshakable Faith In Justice”


After everything he’s lost – job, house, wife, health insurance, hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages, even sleep – Tyrone Riggs still holds onto his “unshakable faith in justice.” Riggs was one of the 100 DC-area broadcast technicians who lost their jobs 10 years ago at CNN, where the National Labor Relations Board earlier this month found overwhelming evidence (CNN Workers Win Justice After 11-Year Legal Battle) that the news channel engaged in anti-union activity in what Communications Workers of America called a "phony reorganization scheme to get rid of unionized workers."

Riggs, a cameraman fired just before Christmas in 2003, was out in front of CNN’s DC headquarters on Wednesday with other CWA members and supporters, passing out leaflets and talking to passersby about the ongoing struggle by the fired workers and their union to get CNN to comply with the NLRB’s order to rehire about 100 workers and compensate 200 others. Riggs, who now freelances part-time, said the NLRB ruling was “like a glass of water after being in the desert for twenty days” but NABET-CWA 31 President Rich McDermott said the 11-year legal battle is likely to stretch on, as CNN has appealed the Board ruling. “On the positive side, people now understand the importance of being part of the union, of having that contract, which gives you strength, fair employment and good pay.” The local plans to keep attention on the struggle by continuing the leafleting at CNN every Wednesday at 11:45a.

- report/photos by Chris Garlock/Union City

Justice At CNN After 11 Years

Hollywood Reporter: CNN Ordered to Rehire Over 100 Union Techs, Compensate Many More

The National Labor Relations Board on Friday ordered CNN to rehire more than 100 union technicians in the network’s New York and Washington bureaus, compensate more than 200 others wrongly paid at lower wage rates, and recognize a unit of the Communications Workers of America as the bargaining representative of the affected employees. ... (more)


CNN Decision In NABET's Favor!

The NLRB released their decision this morning in the CNN case.
A decade-long fight has been decided in the Union's favor.
Click here to see the decision. (.pdf)

CNN NLRB Case Decision!

Dear NABET-CWA CNN Member,

WASHINGTON -- After 11 years, CNN employees finally have a measure of justice. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday found “overwhelming” evidence of anti-union animus at the cable news giant and ordered it to “make whole” more than 300 employees who lost their jobs and the benefits of union representation in the wake of the company’s phony reorganization scheme to get rid of unionized workers.


CWA and NABET-CWA Call for Immediate NLRB Decision on CNN Case

This case has been languishing before the NLRB since 2003, and points out the total failure of  U.S. labor law when it comes to workers' rights, said CWA President Larry Cohen. CNN set out to get rid of union workers and their bargaining rights. Despite overwhelming evidence that CNN broke the law, today, nearly eight years later, workers still are denied justice. It's time for the NLRB to take action.

In November 2008, NLRB Administrative Law Judge Arthur Amchan issued a scathing decision against CNN, finding that the network created a phony reorganization scheme to get rid of workers because they had a union, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA. The judge said that CNN engaged in widespread and egregious misconduct, demonstrating a flagrant and general disregard for workers' rights.

He ordered the immediate reinstatement of the 110 workers who were not rehired through CNN's scam hiring system, called for the restoration of the economic losses of all 250 workers and ordered CNN to recognize and bargain with NABET-CWA. None of CNN's defenses was accepted by the judge.


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