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    Cablevision customers/employees - strap in for a wild ride

    There is no telling where this is going folks, but it should be interesting.
    It sounds like new owners like to run things on a shoestring.
    Hopefully no one here will lose their job.
    Remember how you always get a live body when you call Cablevision customer service?
    I see outsourcing to Durka Durka land on the horizon.


    TV land is bracing for a new wave of cuts after the takeovers of two big cable players.
    Employees of Time Warner Cable and Cablevision are scrambling to line up jobs with the expectation that there will be more layoffs and belt-tightening in the coming months, sources said.
    Bethpage, Long Island-based Cablevision is being acquired by European communications giant Altice, while Charter Communications just closed on the acquisition of New York-based Time Warner Cable.


    Time Warner Cable staff are “being booted and some are being signed by Charter,” said one source.
    “People are being phased out, and most people know their fate,” added the source, noting that a number of workers have decades of service under their belts.
    Joan Gillman, Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president of media services, sent a blast e-mail on Thursday, saying she’s leaving after the takeover.
    “As many of you know, as the Charter management team takes over, I will be moving on, with many of my colleagues,” she wrote.
    Tom Montemagno, Cablevision’s executive vice president of programming, is also set to exit, said sources familiar with the situation.
    Altice boss Patrick Drahi has promised to wring $900 million in cost savings from Cablevision and Suddenlink, the smaller US cable operator it purchased last year. He also singled out Cablevision’s top-paid managers for the chopping block.
    In a sign of employee paranoia, a paper towel shortage at Cablevision prompted rumors that ruthless cost-cutting was already underway — which a spokesman promptly dismissed.
    Meanwhile, Tom Rutledge, the chief executive of Charter, told investors on Thursday that he is looking to extract $400 million in cost savings from programmers now that he has seen Time Warner Cable’s contracts with its major partners.

    TV land is bracing for a new wave of cuts after the takeovers of two big cable players. Employees of Time Warner Cable and Cablevision are scrambling to line up jobs with the expectation that there will be more layoffs and belt-tightening in the coming months, sources said. Bethpage, Long Island-based <a href="http://nypost.com/2016/05/18/new-york-state-puts-off-decision-on-cablevision-takeover/">Cablevision is being acquired by European communications giant Altice</a>, while Charter Communications just closed on the acquisition of New York-based Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable staff are “being booted and some are being signed by Charter,” said one source. “People are being phased out, and most people know their fate,” added the source, noting that a number of workers have decades of service under their belts. Joan Gillman, Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president of media services, sent a blast e-mail on Thursday, saying she’s leaving after the takeover. “As many of you know, as the Charter management team takes over, I will be moving on, with many of my colleagues,” she wrote. Tom Montemagno, Cablevision’s executive vice president of programming, is also set to exit, said sources familiar with the situation. Altice boss Patrick Drahi has promised to wring $900 million in cost savings from Cablevision and Suddenlink, the smaller US cable operator it purchased last year. He also singled out Cablevision’s top-paid managers for the chopping block. In a sign of employee paranoia, a paper towel shortage at Cablevision prompted rumors that ruthless cost-cutting was already underway — which a spokesman promptly dismissed. Meanwhile, Tom Rutledge, the chief executive of Charter, told investors on Thursday that he is looking to extract $400 million in cost savings from programmers now that he has seen Time Warner Cable’s contracts with its major partners.
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    #2
    Unions bad ... Corporate greed good ?
    There are two types of people in this world. People that think the Goverment is looking out for their best interest and people that just think !

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    • Aquabach
      Aquabach commented
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      Yes.

    • Rrudo74901
      Rrudo74901 commented
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      Unions are a double edged sword. I am not a union guy. I am business owner that hires union. All my guys are hand picked and many make over scale because they are company guys.
      With a company like cable vision, the union boils it all down to the lowest common denominator, which means even if you are the BEST tech, many times you are told to slow it down to not exceed the &quot;expected&quot; production level. I have seen this first hand with Local 3. Not calling out Local 3 just my experience in what i do, I would rather have the right local 3 electrician and if our sub couldn't provide the guy we wanted, I would pass and wait for him rather than have a lower level of production and waste my personnel's time.
      Unions have a place and for the most part in my experience there are many very good union employees, but in many trades, productive guys get directed to slow it down.

      outsourcing is not the answer in this case I agree.

    #3
    How ironic that 1111 Stewart Avenue was once the home of Grumman headquarters. That property must have a curse on it.

    Good luck to all those that are out of a job. How sad

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      #4
      Don't know how to feel when my source of left-slanted news gets bought by a European company.

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        #5
        Cablevision was union when all the initial infrastructure work was being done and had to be done right. Then the Dolans decided that they didn't have to pay a living wage and benefits anymore and threw the union out. they started to use "independent contractors" (translation, no social security, FICA, workmen's comp, benefits, etc.) Many if not most employees just took it and went back to working at a lower scale rather than fight. The chickens have come home to roost.
        Give peace a chance, I'll cover you in case that doesn't work out.

        LIBERALISM should be classified as a MENTAL DISORDER!

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          #6
          All I can say is I'm not happy about foreigners buying American companies. It shows how crappy our economy is that they have so much buying power here. Just like the arabs and Chinese corporations buying up American real estate. Corporations are a necessary part of capitalism. I just want to see Americans calling the shots.
          Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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          #7
          Originally posted by Sparks25 View Post
          Cablevision was union when all the initial infrastructure work was being done and had to be done right. Then the Dolans decided that they didn't have to pay a living wage and benefits anymore and threw the union out. they started to use "independent contractors" (translation, no social security, FICA, workmen's comp, benefits, etc.) Many if not most employees just took it and went back to working at a lower scale rather than fight. The chickens have come home to roost.
          Isn't amazing how a liberal propaganda machine that pushes a liberal agenda get's rid of organized labor when it makes or saves themselves money?
          Whether someone thinks unions are good or bad liberal hypocrisy is certainly well shown here.
          "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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          • MossbergMan
            MossbergMan commented
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            They probably can't afford the rising Healthcare costs for full time employees. I wonder how that happened...

          #8
          I bet they go Union in a year. I know people who work there who are getting memos not to order pens, pads, stuff like that. The new owner is a real piece of work. What a legacy Dolan Jr. has left of his dads creation for Long Island.

          http://nypost.com/2015/09/17/cablevi...ld-a-heavy-ax/

          “I don’t like to pay salaries,” he said. “I pay as little as I can.” Drahi, whose voracious appetite for acquisitions led him to cross the Atlantic this year, has earned a reputation for ruthless cost-cutting. He seems to delight in slashing his way through companies — a French version of “Chainsaw Al,” the much-feared former Sunbeam boss Albert J. Dunlap.

          http://stopthecap.com/2015/05/26/the...quick-buyouts/

          Drahi has been topic number one for the French telecom press for months after his aggressive acquisition and cost-cutting strategies left a long trail of unpaid vendors and suppliers, as well as employees forced to bring their own toilet tissue to work. Customers have also started leaving his French cable company after service suffered as a result of his investment cuts.

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            #9
            Does this mean rates will go down?





            BUAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!


            I cracked myself up! Rates never go down!
            SHADAP VARMINT!

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              #10
              Originally posted by Mad Russian View Post
              Does this mean rates will go down?





              BUAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!


              I cracked myself up! Rates never go down!
              I like it, when you crack yourself up.

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                #11
                Originally posted by joeydiver View Post
                I bet they go Union in a year. I know people who work there who are getting memos not to order pens, pads, stuff like that. The new owner is a real piece of work. What a legacy Dolan Jr. has left of his dads creation for Long Island.

                http://nypost.com/2015/09/17/cablevi...ld-a-heavy-ax/

                “I don’t like to pay salaries,” he said. “I pay as little as I can.” Drahi, whose voracious appetite for acquisitions led him to cross the Atlantic this year, has earned a reputation for ruthless cost-cutting. He seems to delight in slashing his way through companies — a French version of “Chainsaw Al,” the much-feared former Sunbeam boss Albert J. Dunlap.

                http://stopthecap.com/2015/05/26/the...quick-buyouts/

                Drahi has been topic number one for the French telecom press for months after his aggressive acquisition and cost-cutting strategies left a long trail of unpaid vendors and suppliers, as well as employees forced to bring their own toilet tissue to work. Customers have also started leaving his French cable company after service suffered as a result of his investment cuts.
                The real question is how much the freaking LI RINO crew got under the table for that original deal with Dolan's father!!!! I could name names, but I won't.
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                  #12
                  So we will never have fios east of the Islip-Brookhaven line and now Cablevision is going to get even crappier and probably cost more. Happy days acomin' folks

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                    #13
                    Yea I got my hot spot....
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                    There are two types of people in this world. People that think the Goverment is looking out for their best interest and people that just think !

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                      #14
                      I really happen to like Cablevision, I've been generally happy with the service for 10 years.

                      Now its all about to go down the shitter.

                      We're going to see significant cutbacks, that's what I hear.
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                        #15
                        new yorkistan is open for business, yup open for business

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