The Only Things Being Written at Warner Bros. are Pink Slips
In the days following the launch of the WGA strike, workers from various departments on Warner Bros.' Burbank lot were issued mandatory Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARN) notices, informing them that they could be subject to layoff after sixty days as a result of the scribes' strike.
This Friday marks the end of that sixty-day period, meaning up to 1,000 non-writing employees could get their pink slips soon. In an article in today's New York Times a Warner Bros. representative explains the potential layoffs and how the notices come into play:
"These WARN notices were sent because, in certain circumstances, federal and California law can require employers to give notice of staffing changes," Warners spokeswoman Stacey Hoppe said. "Due to the ongoing WGA work stoppage, some studio divisions will have to lay off employees. We regret the impact this will have on our employees, and we hope to bring them back to work once the WGA strike ends."
Those who could potentially lose their jobs include "employees of Warner Bros. Studios Facilities, primarily production workers and others involved in lot maintenance and facility management."Both the loss of jobs--first being those directly affiliated with television shows that went out of production--and other methods of money-saving have been occurring at studios since the earliest days of the now sixty-six day old walkout. Cost-cutting measures have impacted non-writing employees' overtime pay, and the general state of studio budgets. The next wave of losses are expected to be between studios and smaller production companies they house, along with the deals they've made with writer-producers.
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