Troy Walcott, Striking Spectrum Tech
by Benjamin Fang
Jan 17, 2018 | 660 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ten months ago, Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Troy Walcott worked as a survey technician. His job was to locate areas without cable service and find ways to provide service.

But since members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 went on strike against Spectrum 10 months ago, Walcott has been raising awareness about their cause.

He visited a community board meeting in Queens to tell his side of the story about what the cable company is doing to workers.

“You think it’s just someone looking for more wages and someone doesn’t want to give it to them,” he said. “But the story of our strike is actually we weren’t looking for anything, and the company was trying to take everything from us.”

Walcott said Spectrum is going after a main pension and medical coverage fund that employees can pay into.

“Everything they’ve done so far to this point, every tactic, has been directly related to union-busting,” he said.

Walcott said striking workers are still looking for support from city officials, whom they hope can hold Spectrum accountable. They want officials to threaten to revoke Spectrum’s franchise agreement to provide cable service.

“They already stated they don’t believe what this company is doing is right,” he said. “Now we need them to take a stance to actually say if they can’t abide by the rules of New York City, they’re not going to renew their franchise when it’s up for renewal.”

The Brooklyn resident also pitched the idea of a public cable option, a proposal Local 3 has submitted to the mayor’s office for consideration. Walcott said that would actually result in lower cable bills for users.

“Now we’re looking for hope and public character,” Walcott said. “When people hear our story, they want to help and do something. The question is, are people willing to sacrifice?”
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