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Writers Guild, Hollywood studios clash after strike

Writers Guild, Hollywood studios clash after strike

Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:13pm EDT

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In a bitter footnote to the recent Hollywood writers strike, union leaders and studios clashed on Tuesday over the status of 28 writers who crossed picket lines during the walkout, most of them to work on soap operas.

The Writers Guild of America on Monday posted the names of the 28 scribes online along with an open letter ridiculing them for exercising their rights under U.S. labor to resign union membership while continuing to be covered by the WGA contract.

By declaring "financial core" status, those writers still pay union dues in return for guild representation. But they give up union voting privileges, the right to attend guild meetings, hold union office or otherwise participate in union activities.

All 28 writers singled out by the union filed for financial core to keep working during the 14-week strike by 10,500 WGA members that shut down much of the television industry and derailed numerous film projects, the guild said.

The majority of the writers named by the guild worked on various daytime television dramas, which managed to stay on the air with original episodes long after most prime-time shows had been forced out of production.

They "must be held at arm's length by the rest of us and judged accountable for what they are -- strikebreakers whose actions placed everything for which we fought so hard at risk," the WGA letter said.

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