Union may skip Rockefeller Center tree TV special

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree stands lit in front of the General Electric building in New York's Rockefeller Plaza during the 71st annual tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

December 2, 2009 7:23:08 AM PST
A broadcasters union is threatening to boycott a popular television special of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony unless NBC's entertainment division restarts stalled contract talks.

The New York City chapter of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians says its workers might boycott NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special Wednesday night. The union has launched a Web site publicizing its position.

Union President Ed McEwan says its 3,000 network producers, writers and technicians at NBC are angry about working without a labor agreement since March.

NBC Universal claims the union hasn't been willing to meet for negotiations. It says the special is expected to air without disruption and will feature actors Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski.

NBC is based at Rockefeller Center, where the famed Christmas tree was set up for the first time in 1931.