Friday, March 14, 2008

Comcast comes under fire for unfair policies by employee group

Comcast Employees Seek Respect, Union Contrac
tIllinois in Spotlight of IBEW Nationwide Campaign Demonstrations at Local Comcast Facilities, Wednesday, March 12 Media

Contact: Tom Hopper, 630-960-4466 x223630-222-9119 (cell)

Chicago – Contacted by Illinois Comcast employees seeking respect on the job and the protections of a union contract, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) today is launching a nationwide campaign to provide information and support for the workers’ efforts. IBEW organizers are leafleting in Illinois and nationwide at Comcast facilities, directing employees to a Web site,, which includes information about the campaign and a message from IBEW President Edwin D. Hill. Demonstrations in Illinois will held at the following Comcast facilities:

• 2508 W. Rt. 120, McHenry, IL 1150 Washington St, Morris, IL
• 6609 W. Stanley, Berwyn, IL 9651 Grosspoint Rd, Skokie, IL
• 820 Madison St., Oak Park, IL 1931 W. Diversy, Chicago, IL
• 12141 S. Cicero, Alsip, IL 721 E 112th, Chicago, IL
• 1011 Wilson St, Batavia, IL 1255 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL
• 300 Carpenter Dr., Carpentersville, IL 350 N. Wolf Rd, Mt. Prospect, IL
• 1065 Tower Rd, Kankakee, IL 17700 Hoffman Way, Homewood,IL
• 596 Lamont, Elmhurst, IL 655 Wise Rd., Schaumburg, IL
• 1500 McConnor Pkwy, Schaumburg, IL 1304 Marquette, Romeoville, IL
• 1585 Waukegan Rd., Waukegan, IL 2001 York Rd., Oakbrook, IL
• 8101 183rd St., Tinley Park, IL 10100 Woodward Ave., Woodridge,

“Over the past several years, we’ve seen a boom in the telecommunications industry and the creation of many new skilled jobs,” Hill said in the message. “But not all workers are enjoying the economic potential and security of these new jobs.” The IBEW represents cable and telecommunication workers across the United States and Canada. Comcast, the nation’s largest provider of cable TV and broadband Internet service, has strongly resisted workers’ efforts to organize and to bargain for fair and equitable contracts. Pointing out that Comcast CEO Brian Roberts earned $27.8 million last year, on the strength of his contract with the company, Hill said that Comcast “is fighting your right to have a contract. … We believe you deserve a voice on the job (and compensation) fitting to your skills and the quality of your work.”

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The IBEW is an international labor organization that represents approximately 725,000 workers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama. The IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications,

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