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Union May Block NYT Xmas Tree Lighting

From Media Bistro:

Union Threatens To Darken Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Over Negotiations With NBC

By Drew Grant on Dec 01, 2009

Just as Thanksgiving has the Macy’s Day Parade, so does Christmas in New York have its annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The event, scheduled for tomorrow, is a time where celebrities gather and NBC grabs ratings with its "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" tree lighting special.

This year, however, the threat looms large that there will be no lights, cameras or action as the network remains stalled in negotiations with the local chapter of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. The union claims that since its contract with NBC expired in March there has been very little progress in the talks and "management has grown increasingly hostile, ignoring the concerns of the union’s membership."

Now the NABET-CWA is threatening to strike during the Christmas tree lighting unless network executives set dates for further negotiations. They have also set up a Web site, NBCStoleChristmas.com, where parties can read the union’s case against NBC.

We reached out to NBC for comment, but they have yet to return our emails.

Funny how little coverage this is getting from the local New York City media outlets.

Who are all NABET, unless they are on cable.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Union May Block NYT Xmas Tree Lighting”

  1. BillK says:

    Unions being unions.

    From Fox News:

    Union Calls NBC ‘Grinch,’ Threatens Strike During Tree Lighting

    A day before NBC plans to broadcast the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in front of the network’s New York City headquarters, a local union is threatening to pull the lights on the nationally televised event, a media industry blog reported.

    Members of the local chapter of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians have been working without a contract since March, and if NBC executives don’t set dates for further negotiations, the union says it will strike during Wednesday’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” Mediabistro’s FishbowlNY reported.

    The annual event is a big ratings grabber for the network, owned by General Electric. A strike potentially could disrupt the celebration and the TV special, though it wasn’t immediately clear how Rockefeller Center or NBC would handle such a scenario.

    The union is accusing NBC of growing “increasingly hostile, ignoring the concerns of the union’s membership,” and it has created a Web site, NBCStoleChristmas.com, to promote its cause.

    We can’t let the Grinch at NBC steal another Christmas from thousands of honest working people,” NABET-CWA Local 11 President Ed McEwan said in a news release. “This charade must stop. Christmas is supposed to be a time of goodwill, but the network’s management is trying to hide behind their fancy lights while leaving their employees in the dark.”

    The union says it represents nearly 3,000 of NBC’s producers, writers and technicians. …


    Hmmm, those employees are employed, so I guess NBC isn’t being such a Grinch, right?

    Nah, of course not…

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Awwwww…… those ever thoughtful Union “suits” looking out for the rank and file.
    Thank your lucky stars you still have a job in the Obama Regime that tends to destroy more than they create. With or without CBO “shovel ready” fuzzy mathematics.

  3. proreason says:

    I hope they do it.

    Put their mania on parade.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    With certain exception, what happens in NY, especially NYC fails to interest me. Other than the fact that so many of them come here to live in the Carolinas and tell us what’s wrong with it, I really don’t have time for them, their attitude and their behavior.

    They deserve themselves.

  5. Confucius says:

    Does union light the White House Christmas Tree?

  6. BillK says:

    As everyone knows by now, the Union decided to show “Christmas spirit” and allow the lighting to happen.

    From Broadcasting & Cable:

    NABET Will Not Strike During NBC’s ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’

    By John Eggerton

    The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians has decided not to strike during NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center after all.

    It announced yesterday that it planned to strike during the show if there was not progress on new contract talks. There weren’t, but the union said Wednesday its members would stay on the job.

    “We’re not going to let the Grinch at NBC ruin Christmas for millions of people around the world. So we’re going to stay on the job. We hope that NBC sees Christmas as a time of goodwill, too, and that they negotiate a new and fair contract with us,” said Ed McEwan, president of NABET-CWA Local 11.


    What a great bunch of thugs guys…

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