Cruel cuts
Jul 17, 2017 | 10259 views | 0 0 comments | 250 250 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Regarding Jen Khedaroo's July 6th article, "Spectrum outage affects 60,000," as a Spectrum customer and ally of organized labor, I support IBEW Local 3's strike against Charter Communications and their protest against using out-of-state contractors.

But the dispute took a negative turn when 60,000 Queens Spectrum subscribers lost internet service after vandals cut fiber optic cables. IBEW leaders deny any union involvement, but news reports said vandals had inside knowledge of what and where to cut.

No matter who's at fault, customers suffered. But Charter is partly to blame for violating its franchise contract with New York City and opposing union demands for better pension and healthcare benefits.

How can Charter refuse them after paying CEO Thomas Rutledge a total compensation of $98 million in 2016, while outgoing Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Macus got $93 million in severance pay after Charter acquired TWC?

Spectrum should be called Spectre, like the villain in James Bond movies. Where is Agent 007 when we really need him?


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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