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WGA Strike: Day 34

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Heath is out of town this week, so I thought I would take up the reins covering the strike. Yesterday, I was at Heath's stomping grounds -- Warner Brothers. Though I'm hearing from below the line friends that the negotiating committee should table the reality and animation writers issue as well as the no-strike clause (which would keep us from supporting other unions when they strike), it's hard to trust that doing that would kick start negotiations again, after having the AMPTP issue demands that we've acquiesced to, only to have them continue to refuse to return to negotiations.

The media has increased their coverage of the AMPTP's side of the story, as well as people who are put out of work by the strike (who aren't writers.) However, writers on the lines continue to be dedicated to the cause, willing to argue the point. When someone shouts from their car, "I like to eat!" We reply that we do too. We're out there despite the bad press and absence of exciting food, in the rain, in the heat, when we're tired. We're fighting the good fight, opening up channels of negotiation for others in Hollywood to have a starting point in their dealings with the studios. We're fighting so that when we're out of work for years (Marc Cherry, I'm looking at you) we have a little breathing room -- and that breathing room gives us the chance to create something great, the next big success that pays all of us. We're fighting so that we can own some small part of what we create. What are we going to do at this point, back down?

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