WRITER’S STRIKE: What can we learn from history, if anything?-

by | General

Wow. David Lawrence really lets it fly today with an open letter:

A dangerous, perhaps deadly, email to SAG, AFTRAand Writers Guild of America members

It appears in today’s Vox Daily in the Voices.com blog.

I’ve been following the Writers Guild of America strike daily, mainly because the outcome will have an impact on several industry-related unions, including actors unions, SAG and AFTRA.

For  the latest coverage on the strike go here to Daily Variety’s Hot Topics.

I commend David for his courage to speak freely. Thank you David and Voices.com for your bold decision to publish these strong views.

Part of the “wheels that turn” within the union is the democratic process, where members are part of a sometimes slow, painstaking process to arrive at accord. I hope David’s voice is heard and heeded with the negotiating committees of all the unions aforementioned. The process, however may be undermined by union politics, in many cases. In this scenario, I suspect union politicos will win.

One thing to keep in mind, however, when the WGA struck almost 20 years ago, it was over a little known about and difficult to quantify emerging issue at the time; a residuals formula over sale of vhs tapes. The AMPTP demanded a study. The writers stuck.

It has been observed and speculated that the months of rhetoric, coupled with sabre-rattling, and chest-thumping  has so damaged the working relationship between the WGA and the AMPTP, it’s tough to predict how long this strike will last.

What can we learn from history, if anything?

1 Comment

  1. What does the writers’ strike to do with me?

    I don’t know if you’ve been following the saga of the Writers Guild strike or not. Depending on where you live and what sort of work you do, your interest may be very high or you might not even be aware there’s a strike taking place.

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