With less than a week before Christmas Eve, North Pole sources are reporting that this year's delivery of Christmas toys may be postponed or even cancelled due to poor weather and an uprising among Santa's magical flying reindeer.
A spokes-elf for the Claus Family has confirmed that the magical flying reindeer "who have enjoyed a healthy working partnership with the Claus Family for centuries", have initiated an "illegal, wildcat strike" until their demands are met.
The spokes-elf contined: "We are eager to sit down at the negotiating table with the reindeer, but unfortunately their leader has declined to meet with us face-to-face".
Their leader, a charismatic red-nosed reindeer formerly known as Rudolph, has accused the Claus Family of enslaving him and his fellow reindeer, a position which he clarified in a televised press conference.
"Do not call me 'Rudolph'. That is my Slave-Name" said the Reindeer-Rights leader, standing on his hind legs at a podium amid the constant spark of flashbulbs. "I am Ralik Shabbazz al-Sami, and I am here to charge the Fat Man. I charge him with being the greatest kidnapper on the face of the earth. I charge him with being the greatest murderer on the face of the earth. I charge him with being the greatest peppermint-eater on the face of the earth".
Al-Sami, also known as Rudolph X, rose from relative obscurity after becoming a minister of the Nation of Reindeer, a radical political/religious group which holds that reindeer and elves can never co-exist peacefully and that reindeer must leave the North Pole to re-establish their own country in their native Lapland.
"We didn't land on the North Pole", said Rudolph X in one of his many sermons to his followers, "The North Pole landed on us! Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being born here doesn't make you a Clausian".
X quickly gained a following among disenfranchised reindeer who form the backbone of the North Pole transportation industry but as yet have no equal status under Clausian law. The Christmas strike is the result of a direct call to action by Rudolph X.
"Those jingle bells are the Fat Man's chain around your neck. Throw off the shackles, my brothers and sisters!"
When questioned about the North Pole's record on Reindeer Rights, the Claus Family dismissed allegations that reindeer constitute an oppressed underclass.
"This is the work of one disgruntled individual who has managed to radicalize a number of previously cooperative reindeer".
Former teachers and co-workers confirmed that Rudolph X may have a personal grudge against the Claus establishment.
"As a young buck, Rudolph was taunted because of his red nose. All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games".
Adding to the Claus Family's embarrassment is the revelation of a personal email, published via Wikileaks, in which Santa Claus himself requested Rudolph's assistance in the blizzard conditions. An excerpt from the email asks "Rudolph, with [his] nose so bright" if he would guide Santa's sleigh tonight.
Rudolph X, meanwhile, has vowed to bring down the Claus Dynasty's oppression of the reindeer "by any means necessary".