Union Threatens to Walk Out On NBC Tree Lighting


By Michael Malone and John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable

The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA) union has threatened to walk off on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center special due to stalled contract negotiations with the network. Such a move would see the famous Christmas tree go unlit.

According to NABET-CWA, which represents nearly 3,000 producers, writers and technicians, the union saw its contract expire in March, with “very little progress” toward a new pact. NABET-CWA says NBC management has grown “increasingly hostile” toward the union.

“We can’t let the Grinch at NBC steal another Christmas from thousands of honest working people,” said NABET-CWA Local 11 President Ed McEwan. “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 Grinch, of course, stole Christmas gifts, trees, and even the roast beast from the people of Whoville in the Dr. Seuss classic book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The television version aired on ABC Nov. 30.

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