MarketWatch is reporting that the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians union (NABET-CWA) has broken off contract talks with Disney-owned ABC Television. At the core of the dispute is the union's claim that ABC intends to freeze workers' pensions. The current contract will expire on March 31st.
In a statement issued yesterday by NABET-CWA, the union charges that ABC's contract proposals amount to "attacks on the seniority system, attacks on the pension, despite the Plan being financially healthy, attacks on jurisdiction, attacks on the paid meal period, and attacks on a multitude of other work rules and conditions."
A spokesperson for ABC was not immediately available for comment.
NABET-CWA represents approximately 2,500 employees at ABC, including technicians and camera operators.