Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The latest strike update
Obviously, the membership is united. I've been through four strikes and several other potential work stoppages and I've never seen a number like 96.3. Those percentages are reserved for Ken Griffey Jr. being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Negotiations resume today, but now the WGA committee has some leverage. I love how a number of articles about yesterday's vote say, "the ball is now in the AMPTP's court." The ball is ALWAYS in the AMPTP's court." This deal will close when they want it to close.
But in an uncertain time in our economy and with memories of the hardships of the previous strike ten years ago, for the WGA members to vote 96.3% in favor of a strike, that tells you the issues we are fighting for are damn IMPORTANT to us.
Hopefully now, with the strike looming a week from today, the AMPTP will finally set aside the bullshit and begin meaningful negotiations. My feeling is the ultimate deal that will be struck will be exact same whether it's this weekend or in three months. So why not do it now?
Make 100% of the movie and TV viewers happy.