Re "Writers union feeling the heat," Dec. 12
The writers thought they were striking for a share of revenue from new media, but they are now starting to realize that they are being used as pawns by union leaders seeking to expand the jurisdiction of the Writers Guild.
There was a time when the sole objective of labor unions was to achieve better pay and working conditions for their members. However, when union leaders persuade highly paid writers or millionaire athletes to voluntarily sacrifice income and go on strike, one has to question if it is the actual strikers or the union leaders themselves who expect to benefit the most.
This article makes it appear as if the Writers Guild talks were broken up in the main part because of what The Times terms "secondary" demands, making it appear that the main issues at hand -- original production and reruns on the Internet, not to mention grossly underpaid royalties for DVDs -- have already been resolved, or that a much more substantive offer from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers had been proffered for those strike demands and that guild negotiating leaders were stubbornly clinging to peripheral, pie-in-the sky, unattainable desires.