The studios released their proposals into the wild. The writers are crying foul
Counteroffer is a bad deal. Total transparency on number in real time. They need months to juggle them. A training program for a show runner? No AI flat out. Didn’t they see the court ruling that AI does not get copyright protection? This is the Unions one and only time to stand because if they capitulate they will never get this momentum again. WGA negotiating committee sat with a den of vipers. Union members are hurting but they must not give up. Always remember you have an ACE up your sleeve: You have all the talent and can start your own studio-streamer to the world. Respect. Writers have had no respect and still don’t with this den of vipers.
The fact that the AMPTP casually violated NLRB rules is very Elon Musk like. Tech bro is not a person but an attitude and this attitude of doing impulsive things and then worrying about the consequences later has now consumed the studios. Bring back people that love films and are not tech bros.
The agreement between artists and studios is about a lot more than compensation or the use of GAI. At stake is who will control storytelling. Thanks to technology Hollywood has been the biggest cultural influence of the last 100 years. If artists knuckle under to the studios then who will control that influence? Who will write our cultural narratives? It won’t be the artists. Rather, it will be the elites that control the giant media/entertainment companies. Artists will be erased. The strike is the first widely publicized battleground for the fate of our humanity. But disguised as a labor strike.
So then why doesn't the WGA counter the AMPTP counter offer? That's called negotiating. Walking away and issuing an emotional missive is really childlike. Did the AMPTP pull a tactic? Yes. Is it a NLRB violation- NO. Emotionally you can be upset but emotions don't get written into contracts. Focus and work the contract. The WGA can't maintain the support of the IA and Teamsters if they won't make a counter offer and chose to act like children here. What does that mean? The AMPTP can now go to SAG since the WGA isn't making a counter, which is essentially walking away. If they make a deal with SAG then production starts back up with full crews. How? Just like the WGA has taken the IA and Teamsters for granted, they seem to have forgotten that it was actually the crew that shut down Hollywood by not crossing not the WGA. We keep hearing about the writer's resolve, but without crew support it would have just been 11,000 WGA members doing the "Brunch Picket" half-days, 3 day weekends, and days off if it's too hot or a chance of rain. This kind of fair weather resolve while refusing to counter their offer is starting to look like immature resentment filled obstinance instead of clear headed reasoning.