Peacock Productions, the NBCU-owned company embroiled in a labor dispute with the Writers Guild of America, fired back at the union on Tuesday.
Writers from "Saturday Night Live" and many other shows on the NBC and USA networks this week wrote a letter to Comcast/NBCU CEO Stephen Burke urging him to respect the results of a recent union election by employees of NBCU-owned Peacock Productions. Employees have been seeking to join the union for more than a year and voted in June to do so.
But the company, which produces nonfiction cable network shows, including "Caught on Camera" and "Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda," is seeking on Tuesday to nullify the election results on the grounds that the workers are supervisors not entitled to rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The National Labor Relations Board is reviewing the dispute.
"We believe that Peacock’s producers hold meaningful supervisory authority, which, according to Federal Labor Law, excludes them from voting," NBCU said in a statement Tuesday. "The Board decided to review the Regional Director’s decision and is currently in the process of doing so.”