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300 ABC Technicians Take Day Off

April 1, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ An estimated 300 technicians marked a year of working at ABC without a contract by using compensation days and not showing up for work on Tuesday, union officials said.

The job action forced ABC to abandon live production of its daytime talk show, ``The View,″ and stop production of the soap opera, ``One Life to Live,″ said Tom Donohue, spokesman for the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians.

ABC said it had planned in advance to run a taped edition of ``The View″ and that the soap opera’s day off should not affect future episodes of the program. Temporary workers helped fill in to keep ABC running, spokeswoman Julie Hoover said.

``I’m not saying it had no effect, but it had no real impact,″ Hoover said. ``NABET did not achieve its goal. They wanted to disrupt ABC in a misguided attempt to influence the contract talks. They failed in every respect.″

NABET represents about 1,000 employees at ABC, Donohue said. There have been no contract negotiations since November.

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