DNC Drops Major New Hampshire TV Network as Debate Partner Over Labor Dispute

DNCThe Democratic party is dropping one of its upcoming debate sponsors, major local news outlet WMUR, from its New Hampshire debate next week. Why? Because the network is currently dealing with a labor dispute.

In a joint statement between the DNC and the New Hampshire Democratic Party, according to Politico, officials say, “As a result of WMUR’s unwillingness to move forward on scheduling negotiations between the Hearst Corporation and Production Department employees represented by IBEW Local 1228 prior to the debate, we will no longer include WMUR as a co-sponsor of the debate, and their talent will not be participating in any way.”

The statement touts the Democrats’ support of the right to organize.

The union is upset with WMUR because, they charge, after some of its employees joined the union, the network is attempting to take away their pensions. The group pressured the DNC directly to end WMUR’s sponsorship of the debate.

WMUR responded by saying they’re “disappointed” in the Democrats’ decision, but they will provide coverage of the debate regardless and continue to work with the union to settle the matter.

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