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Restore healthcare for Madison Square Garden workers

UNITE HERE Local 100 writes:
On February 1, 2005, Cablevision cut off union health insurance for over two hundred Madison Square Garden workers and their families. This is part of Cablevision's attempt to force these workers to agree to changes in their contract that would cut work opportunities, health insurance and pension benefits for many employees. Many workers at Madison Square Garden already earn less than $10 an hour.

Three days after Cablevision cut off union health insurance for its employees at Madison Square Garden, it made a $600 million bid to develop the West Side rail yard.

Although Cablevision claims it is blocking a West Side stadium for the sake of the average New Yorker, Cablevision hasn't shown much concern for its own workers at the Garden. Moreover, Cablevision already benefits from a property tax exemption and a subsidy for electricity costs, a break that has cost the city $200 million in property taxes since it was granted in 1982. One factor behind the tax break was the idea that the Garden and its sports teams provide good jobs for hundreds of New Yorkers.

But some workers at Madison Square Garden are forced to rely on public benefits to supplement their meager income, feed their families, and now to provide health insurance for themselves and their children.

UNITE HERE Local 100 represents a group of over 650 workers at Madison Square Garden, whose union contract expired in June 2003. The workers serve New York sports fans as cooks, vendors, concession workers, servers, bartenders, and suite attendants at the "World's Most Famous Arena."

Please send a free fax to James Dolan, Chairman of Madison Square Garden, urging him to restore health insurance coverage Madison Square Garden workers and work to negotiate a fair contract by clicking on this link:
http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/fightatthegarde n/

Join the workers of MSG on Friday April 29th at 3:30 in front of MSG on 7th Ave and 34th St to demand that cablevision restore health insurance NOW and stop pressuring workers to accept a contract that weakens access to work and benefits!

In Solidarity,
Hilary Corrigan"