Special Meeting Regarding the Economic Impact of the WGA Strike

Special Meeting Regarding the Economic Impact of the WGA Strike
Tomorrow, Dec. 19 at 7:30 a.m. is a Special Meeting of the Los Angeles City Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee at City Hall Regarding the Economic Impact of the WGA Strike

SAG members are invited to attend and show support
(NO PICKET SIGNS PERMITTED)


There will be no WGA picket lines tomorrow; however there is a Special Meeting of the Los Angeles City Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee at City Hall at 7:30 a.m. regarding the economic impact of the WGA strike.

PLEASE NOTE: AFTER THE EVENT TOMORROW (DECEMBER 19) THERE WILL BE NO WGA PICKETS UNTIL JANUARY 7, 2008.

MEETING DETAILS:
Wednesday, December 19
7:30 a.m.
Edward R. Roybal Board of Public Works, Session Room
Room 350
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Park in adjacent public pay lots

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Councilmember Herb Wesson
Councilmember Eric Garcetti
Councilmember Ed Reyes
Councilmember Tony Cardenas
Councilmember Jan Perry

If you cannot attend and would still like to voice your support, please write a letter to one of the committee members. Sample letter can be found below along with email addresses for all of the committee members.

Herb Wesson: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org
Eric Garcetti: councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org
Ed Reyes: councilmember.reyes@lacity.org
Tony Cardenas: councilmember.cardenas@lacity.org
Jan Perry: jan.perry@lacity.org

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear Councilmember ______________,

My name is [your name here______] and I am writing to you as a concerned citizen.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee of Los Angeles will be holding a hearing on the economic impact the current writer's strike is having on the city. With the state of California facing budget shortfalls and a potential recession, and with the strike costing the local economy $21 million a day, I'm very pleased that the Los Angeles City Council is taking this step.

I am concerned about the effect this strike is having on the economies of the city, the state, the entertainment industry, the industry crew and their families, as well as the numerous small businessmen and -women who rely on the industry for their livelihood. Many more cities and states are affected as well.

I am extremely concerned that a small group of competing companies are allowed to band together as a single negotiating body and shut down an entire industry and, by extension, a segment of California’s regional economy. People in the community are out of work, because this body, the AMPTP, won't sit down and negotiate in good faith.

The writers aren't asking for anything more than to be paid fairly for their work. The deal the WGA has proposed comes out to $150 million spread over three years. That money is divided up amongst more than 350 production companies. I don't think this is unfair. Nor do I think it is beyond the means of the companies in the AMPTP. NBC Universal, for example, who would pay just $7.44 million per year under the new deal, was recently required to pay back more than $10 million to advertisers because of ratings shortfalls.

The AMPTP has left the table and is refusing to negotiate. The WGA is still at the table, ready and willing to make a deal. I want what is best for our families, for the businesses of Los Angeles, and for the community at large. I believe that the individual members of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have the means to end this strike, either together or by negotiating with the WGA independently. I ask for your help to convince these companies to come back to the bargaining table and resolve a fair and reasonable contract.

Sincerely,

[Your name here__________]