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.
Press release from the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians Union, after the jump.