Sunday morning August 7, 1988. I, along with hundreds of fellow Writers Guild members convened at the Palladium to ratify the 1988 Basic Agreement and thus end what had been a long and often painful strike. It seemed like a time for healing, unificiation and renewal.
I was handed a mimeographed paper with the heading "THE SCAB 21" and the notation "For Your Future Reference." What a surprise. I thought black-listing was over.
On the list were names of WGA members whose sincere disagreement with the Board of Director's agenda had led them to explore alternative solutions. At no point did any of the listed engage in "scab" activities. They did not return to work themselves or hire non-union writers. In fact, at one delicate point in the negotations, and at Brian Walton's request, they cooperated with Walton and the Board, and delayed any independent movement.
There are those who believe the efforts of "The 21" and the growing number of members who began to share their misgivings, in fact, hastened the strike's end.