When union negotiations with NBC stalled earlier this week, members of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians threatened to pull the plug for the network’s biggest holiday event: the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center.

But at the last minute, the union decided to rescind its warning and go on with the broadcast despite NBC’s failure to negotiate, as a “gesture of goodwill,” according to Local 11 president Ed McEwan. Then again, maybe the NABET-CWA realized if they went on strike during the biggest Christmas spectacle on television, it wouldn’t be NBC that looked Grinchy.

Press release and statement from the union, after the jump.

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

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