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Union Threatening to Play Grinch at NYC Tree Lighting Tonight

Dec 2, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians is threatening to play the Grinch Who Stole Christmas at NBC tonight, the Huffington Post reports.

The union is threatening that it will "pull the plug" on NBC’s Wednesday "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" telecast, which includes the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, because of stalled contract negotiations.

The union, which represents nearly 3,000 NBC producers, writers and technicians, said there’s been little movement since its contract expired in March.

In a statement, NBC said, “It is ironic that NABET is apparently unhappy about lack of progress in its NBC Universal negotiations when it is the union which recently canceled three days scheduled for negotiations, November 18, 19 and 20th. Since that time, despite the Company’s availability for meetings, the union has failed to offer alternative dates, as promised, and is apparently unwilling to meet with NBC Universal. Progress can only be made in labor negotiations when the parties are negotiating. It is unfortunate that the union is resorting to threats as opposed to meeting its obligation to engage in collective bargaining.”

–Elizabeth Jensen

2 Comments

  1. Remember the 17 weeks NABET had rings around NBC properties in the 80’s? NBC management has not changed, and won’t when it comes to “handling workers”.
    The pending Comcast-NBC conglomerate will take things from bad to worse…go out tonight and show the nation how happy you are that in nine months management has completely shunned you…ligh­t the tree at 30 Rock… with a match.
    Peter Bright

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