Union drops threat against Christmas Tree lighting


A few hours before Wednesday’s broadcast of “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” on NBC, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA) Local 11 withdrew its threat to pull the plug on the event with a job action.

“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 union president Ed McEwan.

As for NBC’s criticism of the union for canceling contract negotiations set for last month, the union said that was unavoidable due to a death in the family of one of the union’s participants.