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Thoughts on the response to the WGA strike

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 9 November 2007

Because of the magnitude and importance of this strike to the entertainment industry, a large portion of my blogging will be about the strike.
A lot of people seem to be under the impression that all the striking writers, showrunners, etc are rich or greedy.  The sad fact is that most of them are not.  They rely on residuals (the ones they are fighting to increase) to get them through the times between films, when their TV show is canceled, or they have to leave work due to serious illness or pregnancy.

This strike affects me in future-interests, as I am a (currently non-union) writer (I do write more than this blog and my PA blog).  I appreciate that there are people willing to stand up for what they deserve.

It’s not solely about needs.  It’s about fairness and getting what is deserved.

The 3 or 4 cents per DVD is based on an agreement that is 22 years old (1985).  I mean, it’s not like the cost of fuel, food, clothes, or anything else has increased in 22 years!

That agreement undercut the writers back THEN.  They agreed to less than they wanted because the HomeVid business was struggling.  At this time it’s flourishing.

They made a concession 22 years ago like they are willing to make now!  And are still being called greedy.

Instead of calling the writers greedy, take a look at the producers who aren’t willing to make concessions of  an extra buck-thirty on an online (download) sale.

One further thought.  Both directors and actors start negotiations soon.  Traditionally whatever contract is accepted first is accepted by the other 2.  So the writers are also, by proxy, working for a better deal for the DGA and SAG, who contractually cannot strike.

I will miss my TV shows that are to be affected.  But as a writer I will stand behind the WGA in this effort.

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One Response to “Thoughts on the response to the WGA strike”

  1. Axeldee said

    WELL…I THINK THIS IS SERIOUS!

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