CNN To Pay $70 Million To Settle Labor Dispute

CNN is about to spend $70 million dollars in a labor dispute settlement.

You don’t hear it reported very often, but CNN has been fighting a lawsuit from over 200 former employees for years.

Now, they’re finally paying up.

The Washington Examiner reports:

CNN to shell out $70M in settlement over labor dispute

CNN has agreed to pay $70 million to settle a 15-year-old labor lawsuit brought by over 200 former CNN camera operators, broadcast engineers, and other technicians.

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The group of employees sued the network after it replaced them with non-union workers. The plaintiffs accused the network of cutting them in order to avoid negotiating with their union and violating federal labor laws. CNN held that it was not legally required to work with the union because the workers were contractors through Team Video Services.

The settlement, which was agreed to by both parties, must still be approved by the National Labor Relations Board.

A significant part of the lawsuit hinged on whether CNN could be considered a “joint employer” of contractors that also freelance for other companies. A joint-employer status would grant the workers’ union a much greater legal foundation to negotiate with the network.

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Meanwhile, the far left, anti-Trump network’s ratings continue to drop.

The Daily Wire reports:

Can CNN’s Ratings Really Drop Any Further? (Hint: Yes. Yes They Can.)

To hear the mainstream media tell it, America hates President Trump.

So, it stands to reason that a cable station that spends most of its time hating on Trump would soar in the ratings.

Think again.

The liberal network CNN plunged to 15th place in primetime over the last three months, losing nearly 20% of its viewership in the process.

The stats are striking when one compares CNN to Fox News. Fox has 2.4 million primetime viewers, CNN just 761,000. Total day numbers: Fox 1.32 million; CNN 541,000. Those numbers equate to a 2% drop for Fox News — but a whopping 18% plunge for CNN.

CNN’s best-rated show was “Cuomo Prime Time,” which came in at No. 25, but fell short of a million viewers at 936,000. Anderson Cooper drew 892,000 viewers, Don Lemon 833,000 viewers and Jake Tapper just 699,000.

How far does CNN have to drop before they take corrective action?

Must they hit rock bottom first?


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