Wow…just learned that earlier this evening the WGA filed “unfair labor” charges against the AMPTP with the National Labor Review Board.
According to the memo (pictured below in a screencap from Nikki Finke’s rocking blog) the WGA is claiming that the AMPTP’s usage of an ultimatum as a tactic to break off negotiations is a violation of federal law. Whoa! If that shit is enforceable in court, then hold onto your pants Nick Counter, because you’re about to get served, big time!
In an e-mail to our membership, WGA President Patric Verrone said that “the only legal way for the AMPTP to remedy the Unfair Labor Practice charge we have filed is to return to the bargaining table.”
Verrone went on to say that: “The WGA Negotiating Committee and leadership are working hard on many fronts to bring the AMPTP back to the table. The companies walked out of talks for the second time last Friday, and are using every possible tactic to attempt to divide our members and create ill will.”
“They have recently employed a team of highly-paid spin-doctors to take attention away from the fact that it was the companies who unilaterally and illegally broke off negotiations, and to make it seem as if the WGA was more interested in reality and animation than in new media compensation and jurisdiction. I can assure you that is not the case. The Writers Guild’s proposals remain reasonable and affordable.”
“The companies’ refusal to bargain in good faith is a callous and cynical act, denying paychecks to thousands of families this holiday season. The WGA strongly urges the AMPTP to return to the table and begin good-faith negotiations, so that our members and the rest of the community can get back to work as soon as possible.”
That’s right, you tell it, Patric Verrone! I’m sorry, but we’ve tried dealing with the AMPTP fairly and have been disrespected, manipulated and cast aside time and time again. I say, calling in the Federal Government is a stroke of genius. They might own the media in this country, but I’ll be willing to bet that even those greedy bastards at the AMPTP are afraid of the Feds.
So, rock on WGA!