Cable giant questions legality of Obama's labor appointees

Cablevision is asking the Supreme Court for an emergency stay to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from pursuing complaints against the company in a labor dispute.

The cable giant on Monday petitioned Chief Justice John Roberts to take action to prevent the NLRB from holding an administrative trial over the Communications Workers of America’s contention that Cablevision illegally fired 22 workers who sought to join the union. On Friday, Cablevision lost an effort to get an emergency stay from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, although the appellate court is still considering the company’s writ of mandamus.

The company said in a statement, “The role of Congress is to ensure a balanced NLRB and the Obama administration bypassed Congress in order to stack the NLRB in favor of Big Labor.  Two different federal courts – the D.C. Circuit and the Third Circuit – have established that the NLRB is illegally constituted and has no authority to take action.  The NLRB continues to ignore these rulings, and we ask the Supreme Court to compel the NLRB to immediately halt its unlawful proceedings against Cablevision.”

Cablevision noted that the Supreme Court granted review of a case that calls into question Obama’s ability to make recess appointments to the NLRB.

The fired workers have since been rehired, but the company is still facing labor violation complaints, and the union and the company have been engaged in a contract dispute.

The administrative trial is scheduled to begin in later this month.

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