[US] CNN Agrees A Record $76million Settlement Of Labour Dispute

Cable television network CNN has agreed to make a $76million backpay payment as part of a record settlement with the federal labour board. This follows the 2003 termination of the contracts of unionized camera operators, The Washington Times reports.

In a statement released on Friday, the agency described the settlement as the “largest monetary remedy” in the National Labor Relations Board’s 85-year history. Officials added that the settlement will benefit more than 300 people.

In the statement, General Counsel Peter B. Robb 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.”

The National Labor Relations Board contends that CNN ended its contract with Team Video Services, a unionized subcontractor, replacing the workers with new employees “without recognizing or bargaining with the two unions that had represented the TVS employees.”

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