The Writers Guild of America strike ought to be an opportunity for unionists to educate the public about the need to get organized. This video does a great job of setting out their case while illustrating the struggles that all unions go through, particularly when it comes to concessions. It also offers an object lesson about what can be won through collective bargaining.
The WGA’s claims are reasonable, but no doubt the ‘entertainment industry’ will try to break the union. “We are not currently at the bargaining table,” Patric Verrone, President of WGA West, wrote on Wednesday, “and people want to know when we will return.” The WGA has offered a ” comprehensive package” and is now waiting to hear back from the companies. “When they indicate that they are ready to do so, we will return to the bargaining table as soon as possible,” Verrone says. You can follow their progress at the WGA West website.
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