Striking writers to be joined by other unions

first_imgStriking Writers Guild of America members are expected to be joined today by members of other unions in a march and rally intended to show labor strength and solidarity. Members of the Service Employees International Union, California Nurses Association and the Teamsters will participate in the “Solidarity with Writers” event, which will consist of a rally followed by a march on Hollywood Boulevard, according to the WGA. Scheduled speakers include “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Sandra Oh and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. Members of the Screen Actors Guild, television production assistants, disabled writers, members of other unions and more than 100 members of the SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY Performers with Disabilities Committee joined striking members of the Writers Guild of America, West, in walking picket lines yesterday. The strike has forced late night talk shows into reruns and halted production of many scripted primetime series. “I’m an actor, I’m a … father, a husband. I’m a lot of things, but I also am a man with a disability,” SAG member Robert David Hall told ABC7. “And there are very, very few people with disabilities actually working in Hollywood, so one of the things I care deeply about is seeing performers with disabilities get auditions. You know, nobody wants a handout, you just want a chance to work. And without writers working, we’re not gonna work.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The writers deserve our support and encouragement as we continue to work together towards improved inclusion of people with disabilities in the industry,” said Danny Murphy, national vice chair of the Screen Actors Guild’s People with Disabilities Committee. Later yesterday, organizers said that more than 250 assistants and “below-the-line” employees, many of whom have been laid off, joined striking writers on the picket line at 20th Century Fox Studies in Century City. “This was a chance for us to show the writers we support them,” said organizer Andrew Goldberg, who was laid off Nov. 7 from his job as an assistant to producer Seth MacFarlane for Fox Broadcasting’s primetime animated comedy “Family Guy.” The Writers Guild of America began its strike Nov. 5 against the movie studios and television networks in a dispute over residual payments from shows distributed over the Internet and other new media. There have been no negotiations since the strike began. However, both sides announced Friday that talks will resume next Monday. last_img read more