Reprinted from Golf Week by Martin Kaufmann on January 17, 2017.
Golf Channel and representatives of its technicians union spent most of Tuesday negotiating a new contract, but were unable to reach a deal to end a strike that began two days earlier.
The strike forced Golf Channel to cobble together 19 hours of live tournament coverage Sunday from Hawaii, the Bahamas and Orlando with skeleton staffs. By Monday, Golf Channel had installed replacement workers to cover the final two rounds of a Web.com Tour event in the Bahamas, and plans to do the same at tournaments in California and Hawaii January 18-21.
“Our contingency plans are fully operational …,” Golf Channel spokesman David Schaefer said. “We will continue to deliver coverage with this week’s full slate of tournaments, as well as support the union members who have chosen to come back to work.”
The dispute between Golf Channel and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents about 350 technicians, has been simmering for several years. …