The Cycle

Post-strike, writers call out other writers

Motion picture and TV writers are bringing back the drama—and not just to new episodes (finally!) of favorite TV shows. After a strike that lasted 100 days, the Writers Guild of America sent a letter to members that named the names of 28 writers who switched their membership to “financial core” status, meaning they were still members of the union, but were able to work during the strike.

“Yet among the many there were a puny few who chose to do otherwise, who consciously and selfishly decided to place their own narrow interests over the greater good,” the letter said. “Extreme exceptions to the rule, perhaps, but this handful of members who went financial core, resigning from the union yet continuing to receive the benefits of a union contract, must be held at arm’s length by the rest of us and judged accountable for what they are - strikebreakers whose actions placed everything for which we fought so hard at risk.”

But the WGA’s actions have gotten criticism from blogs, newspapers such as the , and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which filed a with the National Labor Relations Board against the WGA. Words such as “vindictive,” “ugly,” and “childish” have been thrown around.

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