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New Yorkers have hated the Dolan family and Cablevision for a long time because of years of lousy hockey and basketball at the Dolan-owned and managed Madison Square Garden. Suddenly the Knicks are much better and there is hope amongst fans that the team will go deep into the National Basketball play-offs riding the coattails of MVP candidate Carmelo Anthony.

The team may be better, but the Dolans certainly aren’t, and the players, especially Brooklyn-born Anthony, need to tell the team owners to stop abusing workers at Dolan-owned Cablevision. Anthony and his teammates are all members of the National Basketball Players Association. The Dolans apparently have no choice but to deal with their union, but they treat other unionized workers with contempt.

Cablevision has tried to block unionization of its workforce and has been unwilling to negotiate a contract with the union. Recently, a group of Cablevision employees at the Canarsie depot in Brooklyn were fired because they tried to speak with a company Vice-President about union matters. They went to the V-P’s office before starting their shifts but were left waiting outside for over forty minutes. At that point the V-P came out and fired them for not being at work.

This group of workers, like the players in the NBA, are overwhelmingly African American. Carmelo and his teammates need to stand up for worker rights. They need to tell the Dolans, if you want us to play for you, you need to treat our “homies” with respect.

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