This is clearly a case of fighting fire with fire. There’s yet more fallout from that WGA East and West leadership’s decision to make public to its members the names of those writers who went fi-core during the strike. Now the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (i.e. the AMPTP) has filed an “unfair labor practice” charge against the Writers Guild East And West over it with the National Labor Relations Board. (You may remember that, during the strike, the WGA filed “unfair labor practice” charges against the AMPTP when the networks and studios kept refusing to bargain with the striking writers.) Here’s the AMPTP’s statement today:
April 22, 2008 — The 28 writers listed in the WGA’s recent letter exercised their legal right to elect financial core status during the recently concluded WGA strike. As such, they are entitled to full coverage under the WGA’s collective bargaining agreement, including the same wages, residuals, health and pension benefits and protections afforded to all members.
By publicly naming names and encouraging people who have the power to hire writers to keep them “at arm’s length,” and saying they must be “judged accountable” it is clear the WGA leadership is seeking to deny employment to these writers in the future. That is a direct violation of federal labor law, and as the employers of those writers we have a responsibility to defend them and the rule of law in this case.