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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1994 |
The behind-the-scenes crews that work on such television programs as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The NBC Nightly News" and "Days of Our Lives" have urged viewers to boycott their employer, NBC, during the important ratings month of May. It is the latest tactic in an increasingly bitter labor dispute involving the union representing 800 behind-the-scenes employees at the Burbank studios, the National Assn. of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America.
July 11, 1991 |
In an attempt to insulate its members from the tide of losses and cutbacks plaguing public television across the nation, a San Francisco labor union has mounted a highly unusual campaign against KQED, that city's public television station. The National Assn. of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) is asking would-be contributors to the station to send their membership dues not to KQED but to a special trust fund administered by the union.