NBC Ignores Union’s Threat To Go On Strike; Tree Lighting Ceremony To Go On As Planned
Tonight, the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held in NYC and televised on NBC. While such entertainers as Shakira, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Michael Buble, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, The Roots and The Muppets will be on hand to spread Holiday cheer with classic carols, the mood behind the scenes at the ever struggling network is not so merry.
According to the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, NBC has left their contract in limbo for over nine months — and network executives are refusing to discuss the matter any further. In response, NABET is threatening to go on strike just in time for the tree lighting ceremony. That means that it may be a dark affair. (There’s always candles).
Union chief Ed McEwan even went as far as to compare NBC execs to that famous Holiday grouch created by Dr. Seuss:
We can’t let the Grinch at NBC steal another Christmas from thousands of honest working people. 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.
It doesn’t look like NBC will be giving in to their demands as, according to the official network website, the special will be airing, strike or no strike. What a disastrous year for the peacock! It’s one thing for the viewers to tune out, but now even NBC’s own workers hate it. Not even Aretha’s soaring rendition of “Joy To The World” will be able to fix that.