De Blasio offers to help resolve Charter-union contract dispute

Mayor de Blasio waded into private-sector labor relations Monday night on “Inside City Hall,” offering his opinion on the labor strike affecting the company that owns NY1.

Hizzoner started off by noting that Spectrum, a subsidiary of Charter Communications, owns the popular cable channel where he regularly appears with host Errol Louis.

The cable company has been unable to resolve its labor battle with some 1,800 striking IBEW Local 3 workers, who normally work as its field techs and engineers.

They walked off the job in March and have been on the picket lines ever since.

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The bitter fight between IBEW and Charter — focused on wages and benefits and disciplinary procedures — is further complicated by different opinions on when their last collectively bargained contract expired.

The mayor said he was ready to step in if City Hall could be of help.

“This is a situation that has to be resolved for the good of New York City … We’re talking about working people who are trying to make ends meet, trying to get a fair contract,” de Blasio said.

IBEW Local 3 workers have been on strike since March.

IBEW Local 3 workers have been on strike since March.

(IBEW Local 3)

He also took a shot at the hefty pay package given to Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge, who earns a salary of $ 2 million.

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But when his pension, stock options, bonuses and other compensation is added in, Rutledge comes in at $ 98 million a year.

“So I have to imagine the resources are there to give working people a decent contract, and I hope this is something that can be resolved for everyone’s benefit,” the mayor said, to a noncommittal Louis.

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