WASHINGTON — NBC and union negotiators representing 2,800 producers, writers and technicians on strike against the network for the last nine weeks broke off contract negotiations Tuesday night, government mediators said.
"We've met with both parties all day and into the evening on various times for eight days, and we were not able to resolve the dispute," said Gayle Wineriter of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Wineriter said the government agency will continue to remain in contact with both the network and the National Assn. of Broadcast Employees, but he was not optimistic that any end to the strike was near.
"If it appears that anything can be done, we'll get them back together," he said.
NABET officials blamed NBC negotiators for breaking off the bargaining, saying they walked out of a bargaining session here shortly before 9 p.m. after the union rejected the company's demand for contract language allowing it to use more non-union workers for covering sports and news events.