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September 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers it laid off in 2003 and compensate 200 others after finding that the cable news network wrongfully replaced a unionized subcontractor with a nonunion in-house staff without bargaining with the union about its decision. Noting that the NLRB’s decision came 11 years after CNN’s disputed action, Jim Joyce, president of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America (NABET), said, "These workers have waited far too long for this measure of justice to finally be delivered and have suffered far too much as the result of these unlawful activities. CNN should finally do the right thing now and immediately comply with the orders of the National Labor Relations Board issued today." CNN said that it disagrees with the NLRB ruling "and we are evaluating our options." In an analysis of the decision for the Hollywood Reporter, entertainment attorney Jonathan Handel observed that the decision to rehire the former staffers "may be particularly unpleasant" to implement, given corporate parent Turner Broadcasting’s announcement that it intends to cut costs by slashing jobs, including hundreds at CNN.