City & State has named Local 3 IBEW Business Manager Chris Erikson one of their Winners of the Week for getting both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce their support for a boycott of NY1 and forgetting both elected officials to work towards a common goal, ending the Spectrum strike. Here is what City & State had to say:
Chris Erikson- Despite threats to organized labor at the federal level, New York remains a place where elected officials are eager to align themselves with labor unions. Yet it was still remarkable that both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week publicly sided with Erikson’s IBEW Local 3 in its months-long standoff with Charter Communications. Whether it’s fair to target NY1, the respected newsgathering operation owned by Charter, is another story, but at minimum Erikson has achieved the rare feat of bringing the governor and the mayor together.