CNN has decided to settle a 15-year long “labor dispute with camera operators who accused the cable news company of canceling their contract to avoid dealing with the workers’ union,” Bloomberg reports, with a $70 million settlement.
The agreement would end a long-running dispute between CNN and a group of more than 200 video camera operators, broadcast engineers, and other technicians staffed by a separate video services company. Those workers, for the network’s Washington, DC, and New York bureaus, say the company laid them off without bargaining with their union and refused to hire some of them back because of their union connections, the report notes.
CNN has maintained throughout the case that it wasn’t required to collectively bargain with the operators and technicians because it wasn’t their “employer” under federal labor law. The workers were staffed through a contract with Team Video Services.