Wednesday, December 2, 2009

How NBC's Grinch Could Steal Christmas

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.
How NBC's Grinch Could Steal Christmas

Every Who

In the crew

Liked the Christmas tree lighting a lot...

But the NBC grinch just didn't see

Without them, the lights would light not!
The grinch won't negotiate with his employees!

Now, please don't ask why.

There's no reason anyone sees.

But if he won't, the crew may just might

Do something that would be NBC's blight.

They'll be forced from 30 Rock, and walk away,

And make things go dark come Christmas Day!

They have no choice, but to put out the tree lights,

Beginning maybe just maybe Tonight!

Jane Krakowski and Zachary Levi will have to stand there and say

Not Aretha, nor Alicia, nor Shakira will be able to play.

For the NBC grinch's heart is two sizes too small,

He won't meet with the workers, though they're right down the hall.

We will challenge the grinch, to quit going at it alone.

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NBC Labor Dispute Threatens Rockefeller Center Christmas Special
By Danny Shea

A labor dispute is threatening NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" telecast.

The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA) Local 11, which represents nearly 3,000 of NBC's producers, writers, and technicians, vowed Tuesday to "pull the plug" on Wednesday's Christmas special -— which includes the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree — over failed negotiations with NBC management.

The union's contract expired in March and the union says there's been very little progress since talks began last year, describing NBC management as "increasingly hostile" in "ignoring the concerns of the union's membership."

"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 union has set up a website,, to air their concerns and attempt to avert a strike during Wednesday's Christmas tree ceremony.

NBC did not respond to a request for comment on the union dispute.

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