AFTRA LA Offers Solidarity with Striking Writers
LOS ANGELES (November 19, 2007)—Striking members of the Writers Guild of America received a boost in their efforts to win a fair contract as the Los Angeles Local Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists unanimously adopted at its November 14 meeting a statement of solidarity with the writers and formed a committee to coordinate participation by AFTRA members in strike activities.
“AFTRA members have been on the picket lines and in the streets with the writers ever since the first day of the strike,” said Ron Morgan, AFTRA 2nd National VP and Los Angeles Local President. “Our solidarity statement and committee further demonstrate our commitment to our brothers and sisters at the WGA. Their struggle with employers will soon be our struggle—and we must all stand together.”
The statement of solidarity of the LA Local Board resolved to “support the struggle of the members of the Writers Guild of America in winning a fair and equitable contract; to urge both sides to return to the table and resume negotiations as soon as possible; and to encourage AFTRA Los Angeles members to support the members of the Writers Guild on picket lines and at other strike related events and activities.”
AFTRA Los Angeles Board members Gabrielle Carteris, Paul Napier, Raza Burgee, and Bill Ratner were named to head up the volunteer AFTRA-WGA Solidarity Committee.
AFTRA has offered support to WGA since the beginning of the strike, but Wednesday was the first opportunity for the LA Local Board to meet since the strike began. Formation of the volunteer solidarity committee is designed to provide additional grassroots support for WGA members in Los Angeles to supplement AFTRA members who have already joined WGA members at picket lines and rallies since the start of the strike.
Among the many AFTRA dramas, comedies, and talk shows immediately affected by the WGA strike are ‘Til Death (Fox), Rules of Engagement (CBS), Daily Show (Comedy Central), Colbert Report (Comedy Central), Saturday Night Live (NBC), The Tonight Show (NBC), and The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS).
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