Written by Andrew Lawrence
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Topics: Strike, WGA

Saturday, 24 November 2007

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(Hollywood) - As reported earlier, Hollywood's striking writers were not picketing the day before Thanksgiving. Now, it seems that the striking writers have taken a whopping 5 days off ...

In an astonishing display of either irrationality or chutzpah, the striking Hollywood writers have given themselves a 5 day break from walking the picket lines outside Los Angeles movie studios and TV networks.

Picket lines were noticeably absent on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving and again on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. No picket lines, no picketers, no picket signs.

Though Thursday, November 21, was Thanksgiving Day, neither the day before, Wednesday, nor the day after, Friday, were holidays. And, as they do not picket on weekends, the striking Hollywood writers are, in effect, getting 5 full days off.

How can people on strike, who are not working, get days off?

What kind of a strike is this? 5 days off? What kind of a message does this send to other unions, to management, to the public? The union members of the Writer's Guild voted for a strike because of unfair labor practices and the exploitation of workers by management. Then, after a couple of weeks of striking, they give themselves 5 days off???

C'mon, you striking writers. If you want sympathy, if you want to show people you are serious, get your butts on the picket line!

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