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ABC Workers File Complaint

November 05, 1998| From Reuters

NEW YORK — Technical workers at ABC filed an unfair labor practice charge against the TV and radio network Wednesday for locking them out of their jobs, and they said a number of prominent politicians were honoring their picket lines.

Their union said that in addition to the charge filed with the National Labor Relations Board in New York, the network had been forced to cancel high-profile "Good Morning America" location shoots scheduled for next week.

The bitter labor dispute, now in its third day, has forced ABC, owned by Walt Disney Co., to use managers and nonunion staff behind the cameras. Workers have been picketing outside the network's New York headquarters and studios, as well as at ABC offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington.

ABC barred 2,200 National Assn. of Broadcast Employees & Technicians members from their jobs after they staged a 24-hour strike on Monday.

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