WGA Stike Ending Vote

I had no sooner clipped the coupon for the rope that I was going to hang myself with from the Sunday paper Home Depot flyer and I was saved by what is supposedly the end to the Writers Guild Strike. Much like most of America and I’m sure all you Canadian satellite dish TV borrowers (wink, wink), I have been at my wits end with reruns and reality television programs that seem to go nowhere other than proving that there are jerks in the world that will do anything for a dollar.

I’ve backed the Writers Guild of America from the start of the strike because of the simple fact that writers create the content that shows up on the screen. Everything you see on your television or buy online of any television series was written by someone and in that effort they deserve to be monetized wherever that product is sold. If somebody is getting paid to resell that content then the writers deserve payment too!

Over at the Washington Post they have this to say on the WGA strike resolution vote.

Guild Leaders Urging Writers to VoteBy LYNN ELBER
The Associated Press
Sunday, February 10, 2008; 6:34 PM

LOS ANGELES — The Writers Guild of America moved swiftly Sunday toward a resolution of its three-month-old strike, with guild leaders deciding to recommend the contract to members and ask them to vote on a quick end to the walkout. By calling for separate votes on ending the strike and accepting the contract, the union cleared the way for the entertainment industry to return to work almost immediately.
Membership meetings will be held Tuesday in New York and Los Angeles to allow writers to decide whether the strike should be brought to a speedy end, said Patric Verrone, president of the guild’s West Coast branch.

“This the best deal this guild has bargained for in 30 years,” Verrone said.

The tentative contract secures writers a share of the burgeoning digital-media market, he said, including compensation for Internet-delivered TV shows and movies.

“If they (producers) get paid, we get paid. This contract makes that a reality,” Verrone said. But, he added, “it is not all we hoped for and it is not all we deserved.” - Washington Post

Neither party really wins in these sort of situations but they are necessary for the progression of fair business and fair labor practices for future generations of writers and producers. All of the lost wages by the writers and producers working for the entertainment industry will never be recouped but the principal of the strike was sound. Congratulations go out to both sides for coming to a possible resolution to some of the issues they have.

In the end the real winner in this discussion is the customer that views or reads the products created from the minds of not just individual writers but groups of them that make that favorite television show possible. You the viewer will benefit from the fact that the people writing those dramas, comedy and family based shows will have fresh writers ready to burn up the keyboards and make your television come to life once more. Now that the throw up reality crap is not the only thing to watch, real mind blowing twists and turns and plots of deviation with an evil undertone where the sexual innuendo is a mile a minute will broadcast into our homes once more. And that is just the cooking shows….


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6 Responses to “WGA Stike Ending Vote”

  1. Craig R. Harmon Says:

    I’ve just about given up on tv altogether. The reason? Even before the strike, tv was mostly crap. My reaction to the strike was: whatever dudes and dudettes! Why should I care how much the writers of crap get? Most of them were already overpaid if what we got was the best they had in them to give.

  2. Lisa Says:

    Just in time too because all though Hollywood Union supporters were forbidding them to protest at the Oscars.

  3. manapp99 Says:

    The really sad thing about the strike were the regular workers and small businesses that were adversly affected by the selfish writers strike. Stage hands, hair dressers, caterers etc were all out of work. The money they did NOT earn by being forced to sit at home while a bunch of whiney writers refused to write did NOT get spent at local business and more and more became indirect casualties. Workers struggling to pay the mortgage or health care are basically told to go F themselves because it is important for the writers to internet residuals.
    Explain to the kids of workers that had to liquidate the old college fund to survive how important this strike was.

    “Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., estimates that the strike to date has cost Los Angeles County about $1.5 billion in wages and related economic activity — not including the lost studio spending on production.”

  4. Jersey McJones Says:

    Ah, sleazy oncs. The writers are “selfish” but the mega-rich bosses are not. Amazing. Jesus would urinate on a modern American conservative.


  5. Craig R. Harmon Says:

    As a pissed-on modern American conservative, I resemble that remark! ;-)

    Actually, I freely admit that the bosses are more selfish than the writers (most bosses are) and more responsible for what I see as the sorry state of television today (they, after all, employ the writers that produce the crap on tv). The whole lot of them can rot for all I care. My point was not that writers were selfish (let alone that the bosses weren’t) but that what they wrote was crap and, therefore, pretty much whatever they were paid was more than they merit if one still believed in a society that is a meritocracy rather than a hodge-podge of whining “victims” of someone else’s success.

    Amazing is atheist Jersey McJones giving a shit what Jesus would do to the modern American conservative.

  6. Jersey McJones Says:

    I live by the tenets of Jesus more than more Christians, Craig.

    The writers guild has nothing to do with any stifling of meritocracy. They do not decide what gets aired, or when, or to whom. That is handled by a handful of corporations, that, thanks to the scumbag FCC under the sleazy cons, conglomerated into a handful of entities who care only about one thing - pushing product.

    And yet the sleazy cons would gladly do away with PBS, that last refuge of quality programming, because it doesn’t push product - the very reason our entertainment is a pile of shit. Amazing.


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