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Published on Aug 27, 2015
The vote result was 17 FOR the union and only 2 against, as JC Hernandez, CAN TV employee, joyfully announced to fellow workers awaiting the Aug. 14, 2015 NLRB election outcome. Employees at the Chicago Access Network TV facility, one of the biggest and most successful public access centers in the U.S., had never been unionized since it was established in the mid-80s. At a pro-unionization rally before the vote, Andy Thayer, producer of one of CAN TV's schedule community-based shows and a strong backer of the NABET Local 41 organizing drive, noted that "CAN TV was set up to express the voices of the 99%...but still there's work to be done." Where the channels had always been dedicated to giving disenfranchised communities a voice in programming content, finally the workers who run the facility have made a big step toward having a voice themselves.
Video features speeches at a July 31 rally attended by numerous community and labor organizations, including Arise Chicago, SEIU Local 73, Gay Liberation Network, Fight for 15, Labor Beat, Jobs with Justice. Also interviewed are Don Villar (President of NABET-CWA Local 41), Jannelle White (CAN TV employee), JC Hernandez (CAN TV employee), Eric Torres-Alvarez (CAN TV employee). Included are scenes from voting day and rare footage from Labor Beat's archives of the 1983 City Council hearings discussing the mission of public access cable tv.
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