Earlier this week I ran into a bunch of union reps from different IATSE locals. They were a little gloomy.
"This writers' strike is going to last months not weeks" ... "What's going to happen to the pension and health plan?" ... "My people are getting laid off of their shows in droves" ...
I didn't have a lot to add to what they said, and didn't. They rep different live action unions, and their members are impacted more directly than most of TAG's. Besides, all I know is what I read on the internets:
One of the WGA's largest soap boxes is its newly added channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/wgaamerica. As of Tuesday, 22 videos have been posted, most of them featuring writers venting from the picket lines.
I've been a faithful reader of The Artful Writer, but it's gotten so many comments of late that it's suffered a meltdown. Owner operator Craig Mazin has taken a beating about his refusal to abandon the final weeks of his directing job to join the picket line (even though WGA strike rules allow it), but he bears up well. (Co-owner Ted Elliot, not directing anything, hasn't taken nearly as many hits.)
Sooner or later, I'll write some kind of think-piece here about TAG's efforts to secure residuals in the 1990s and again in the 2000 negotiations. Probably after the dust settles from the current strike(s).