NBC loses AFTRA appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists in an ongoing dispute with NBC over the representation of news personnel on CNBC, NBC News Channel and the “Nightside” news program.

The court’s District of Columbia Circuit upheld an earlier ruling that the network failed to provide paperwork to AFTRA, in violation of fair labor practices.

The union had requested the documents from NBC to see if employment at the NBC outfits was coverable under AFTRA contracts.

NBC labor officials could not be reached for comment on the ruling. But according to AFTRA, the network has claimed that the operations are separate and not covered by a contract with the union. AFTRA also said that they were told that the task of furnishing the materials “was unduly costly and burdensome.”

In November 1994, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that AFTRA was entitled to the information.

“With this latest decision we hope that NBC will understand that AFTRA will enforce its contracts and rights vigorously and do whatever is necessary to represent its members fully,” AFTRA’s national executive director, Bruce York, said in a statement.

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