January 12, 1999 |
The union of production and technical workers that has been locked out of work by ABC television for more than two months appears to have capitulated to the network's conditions for a return to work. But although the two sides met for 9 1/2 hours on Friday, the network has not yet agreed to end the lockout, saying that final details remain to be worked out. Any further delay could increase the pressure on leadership of the union, the National Assn.
December 31, 1998 |
The strains of a nine-week lockout by Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television unit are beginning to show on members of NABET, the production and technical union whose members have been working without a contract for the last 21 months. At Burbank-based NABET Local 57, the union's second-largest local, some locked-out employees have started a petition campaign to force a vote--thus far barred by the union's leadership--on the company's latest contract proposal.
December 9, 1998 |
Ongoing labor strife between ABC and its technical employees is handicapping the network's news division in providing balanced coverage of congressional impeachment hearings regarding President Clinton, union officials maintained Tuesday. Top Democratic Party officials and staff generally have refused to appear on ABC News programs since early November, when the network decided to lock out more than 2,200 members of the National Assn.
November 20, 1998 |
A federal mediator on Thursday rejected a union's claim that ABC's lockout of 2,200 behind-the-scenes employees due to a labor dispute was illegal. Although the decision was a blow to the National Assn. of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, the union and ABC will return to the bargaining table today. NABET's camera operators, producers and editors have been working without a contract since March 31, 1997. They staged a one-day strike over health benefits on Nov.
November 4, 1998 |
About 2,200 behind-the-scenes employees at ABC, including 140 in Los Angeles, were locked out by the network on election day--one of the busiest and most technically demanding days of the year--and Vice President Al Gore canceled an interview with the network at the union's urging. ABC said it would use management employees and replacement workers to help deliver election night returns Tuesday. The National Assn.
November 3, 1998 |
About 2,200 off-camera employees of "Monday Night Football" and other ABC programs staged a one-day strike Monday, leading to technical glitches on news shows and a shutdown at two soap operas. The union members planned to return to work at 5 a.m. today, but ABC said they will be locked out until they promise to give the network warning of future strikes. "We cannot and will not allow our programming to be held hostage to sneak attacks by the union," ABC spokeswoman Julie Hoover said.