I was wondering why the WGA was only picketing at 9 am, when the trucks roll in at 7...
With the work stoppage in its eighth day, the WGA amped up the stakes Monday by mounting picket lines at more than a dozen lots at the crack of dawn, in hopes of turning away Teamster drivers.
Anecdotal reports indicate that significant numbers of drivers opted to honor the lines.
And, as you might hope, the writers are making sure that the media have a fresh story to tell every day:
With schools out for Veterans Day, many strikers and supporters turned out with their children in tow. ...
As for today, the WGA East will go to Wall Street because "media conglomerates keep boasting of their new media profits to shareholders while simultaneously crying poverty to writers." On the West Coast, SAG is staging a "Picketing With the Stars" rally at noon at Universal...
called it "Take Your Actor to Strike Day."]
Bet those will make some good visuals.
Let's see who wins the media war: the people who own the media, or the people who create it?
(Quotes from Variety's Strike Alert Edition
Labels: guild, strike
New York, NY -- Early wet weather turned beautiful in downtown Manhattan today, warming WGAe pickets and supporters gathered at Battery Park near historic Bowling Green. Striking writers took turns walking the line and fanning out beyond Di Modica's bronze "Charging Bull" to distribute leaflets to financial district workers and visitors in the Wall Street area.
New Yorkers able to spare a moment were, as always, cordial and supportive. Passing motorists honked, tourists snapped photos.
Meanwhile, in a tactical measure aimed at optimizing resource load-balancing, veteran labor icon "Greedy Pig" subbed in for his better-known cousin "Scabby The Rat" on Outdoor Advertising Strike Balloon Patrol.
I had heard that picketing started at 9am at the request of The Teamsters. And in an attempt at cooperation the WGA was going along with what the Teamsters wanted.
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