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But the company, which produces nonfiction cable network shows, including "Caught on Camera" and "Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda," is seeking on Tuesday to nullify the election results on the grounds that the workers are supervisors not entitled to rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The National Labor Relations Board is reviewing the dispute.
"We believe that Peacock's producers hold meaningful supervisory authority, which, according to Federal Labor Law, excludes them from voting," NBCU said in a statement Tuesday. "The Board decided to review the Regional Director's decision and is currently in the process of doing so."
Peacock also disputed a claim from the New York-based WGA, East that the company was blocking the votes from being counted.
“Prior to the June 14 vote, we asked the NLRB to review the Regional Director’s decision regarding the supervisory status of Peacock’s freelance producers. The NLRB granted us a review,'' the company said in its statement. "As is part of the normal process, the votes were impounded by the NLRB until a decision is made. We are still waiting for the NLRB to render their decision, which is why no votes have been counted."
The guild has been waging a campaign to organize writer-producers in the fast-growing sector of nonfiction basic cable programming since 2009.