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Old 10 October 2007   #1
Writers Guild seek strike authorization

Ratcheting up labor tensions in Hollywood, leaders of the Writers Guild of America on Monday said they would ask members for authorization to call a strike if the union is unable to negotiate a new three-year contract with major studios.

...negotiations between writers and producers, which began July 16 and are set to resume Thursday, have been unusually contentious.

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Old 10 October 2007   #2
Whats to stop studios from using non-union writers?
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Old 10 October 2007   #3
Originally Posted by archerx: Whats to stop studios from using non-union writers?


If they do that the union writers will go on strike... :P
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Old 10 October 2007   #4
Originally Posted by archerx: Whats to stop studios from using non-union writers?

The other unions (Director's Guild, SAG) would join them for sure.



And considering that their contracts are up next year, that would be very bad.
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Old 10 October 2007   #5
Originally Posted by RobertoOrtiz: The other unions (Director's Guild, SAG) would join them for sure.


Possible double whammy:

"Most labor analysts have predicted that writers would not reach a deal by Oct. 31 and seek to push back negotiations until early next year to align with the Screen Actors Guild, whose contract expires June 30."

If a studio does decide to use non-union workers during a strike, then after the strike those non-union workers who crossed the "picket line" would be blacklisted and probably have a hard time finding work. I'm not too sure if a studio could be blacklisted but it could get pretty ugly.
 
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