WGA, AMPTP trade barbs over scabs



The Writers Guild (WGA) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) traded public comments yesterday on their respective websites over the issue of informing on potential scab writers.

Said AMPTP: "In response to comments by Dan Wilcox, the chairman, of the WGAW’s newly formed Strike Rules Compliance Committee regarding the new rules that require members to "inform the Guild of the name of any writer you have reason to believe is engaged in strike-breaking activity or other scab writing," AMPTP President Nick Counter issued the following statement: ‘The WGA is using fear and intimidation to control its membership. Asking members to inform on each other and creating a blacklist of those who question the tactics of the WGA leadership is as unacceptable today as it was when the WGA opposed these tactics in the 1950s’."

The WGAW responds to the AMPTP: "Mr. Counter’s charge is as offensive as it is untrue. To accuse the Writers Guild of America of blacklisting, when it was we who suffered the most from it in the past, is simply Mr. Counter’s desperate attempt to divert attention from the fact that it was he who walked out of the negotiations, and it is he who refuses every day to return to the table. The WGA has an offer on the table and is ready and willing to meet with the AMPTP any day, anywhere."