12/21/2007

Emails Flood City Councilmembers -- Time to Do More!

Thank you for your overwhelming support in our email campaign earlier this week – councilmembers collectively received thousands of emails, and our work had a very real impact.

Now they know that people are engaged and paying attention, and we need to let them know our involvement is serious and ongoing. Although the special motion does not compel the AMPTP to come to the table, it becomes part of a “paper trail” that shows the AMPTP’s behavior, which will matter as we go up the political food chain (Congressional hearings, anyone?)

We're making a difference, and we need your help to keep it going.

Please send two emails – one to City Council President Eric Garcetti, and one (or more) to any of the listed Councilmembers below. Please send it today, before everyone is gone for the holidays.

CUT AND PASTE THIS EMAIL:

Dear Councilmember [choose from Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson, Bill Rosendahl, Tom Labonge, Richard Alarcon, Janice Hahn, Wendy Greuel, Tony Cardenas, Greg Smith]:

I’m writing to express my gratitude to you for passing the special motion encouraging the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to return to the negotiating table with the Writers' Guild of America. I deeply appreciate your support and your recognition of the impact this strike and the AMPTP's refusal to negotiate is having on the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.

The AMPTP’s refusal to even attend the City Council meeting is very disturbing. It is unacceptable for the AMPTP to refuse to bargain when the strike is costing the economy $20 million a day, at a time when budget shortfalls and the mortgage crisis are already putting a strain on California’s economy.

To give the WGA everything it’s currently asking for would cost Sony $1.68 million a year; Paramount and CBS $4.66 million a year; Disney $6.25 million per year; Warner Brothers, $11.2 million per year; Fox $6.04 million per year; NBC/Universal $7.44 million per year; and MGM $320,000 per year.

The corporations are given tax breaks and huge incentives from California and Los Angeles, all of which are underwritten by taxpayers. The amounts they are being asked to pay yearly are small – Les Moonves guaranteed salary alone is twenty-one times what it would cost for his company, CBS, to settle the strike. For these corporations to put our economy in jeopardy just so they can avoid paying a fair wage is irresponsible and unfair.

All writers want is fair compensation for their work. I hope for your continued support to get the AMPTP to come back to the table, and negotiate a fair and just resolution to this strike.

Thank you,

[insert your name here]


EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR COUNCILMEMBERS:

LA City Council President Eric Garcetti -- councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org

Councilmember Herb Wesson --
councilmember.wesson@lacity.org

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl --
councilmember.rosendahl@lacity.org

Councilmember Tom Labonge --
councilmember.labonge@lacity.org

Councilmember Richard Alarcon --
mailto:--mcouncilmember.alarcon@lacity.org

Councilmember Janice Hahn --
councilmember.hahn@lacity.org

Councilmember Wendy Greuel --
councilmember.greuel@lacity.org

Councilmember Tony Cardenas --
councilmember.cardenas@lacity.org

Councilmember Greig Smith --
councilmember.smith@lacity.org

14 comments:

tom said...

writers are the bane of hollywood. you are ruining everything. you dont deserve shit for your disruptive behavior. What you deserve is to be annhialated by the AMPTP.

Cory said...

Why not send an email asking for the councilmembers start penalizing the companies, ie not giving them any more corporate welfare or cutting back on it until they come back to the table.

THIS WOULD BE A GREAT AD MOVEMENT A TAG LINE THAT READ:

$xxxxx DOLLAR AMOUNT THE AMPTP GETS FROM CORPORATE WELFARE MONEY FROM THE STATE

Cory said...

tom tom tom,

Please give reasons for your statements or else all of your post will only be taken as your crazy angry ranting

Helen said...

Tom:

It's "annihilated" not "annhialated"

You're welcome.

intrigued said...
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intrigued said...

FYI...

city council is insignificant

they have no real power or authority. there are no penalties they can impose and any tax incentives the corps are granted are negotiated way above the city council's head. my guess is continuing to flood their emails is just going to annoy and piss them off.

if you want to take this fight to the political arena you will need the governor's influence on your side. but my guess is that the AMPTP already has his support locked up

Unite said...

Tom-

You left out, "Muuha ha ha ha ha!"

Fishos said...

"Writers are the bane of hollywood"

You should watch the movie Idiocracy, it demonstrates a world full of people just like you. A world where the "best movie" Oscar award goes to movie named "Ass" - which you would most definitely love.

Becca said...

I sent a letter to each council person. In each letter, I asked them to take back the incentives offered to the AMPTP until they come back to the table. Every little bit helps.

Oh and Tom @ 8:48AM: piss off ya troll.

intrigued said...
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intrigued said...

becca,

please enlighten me...

what incentives did u ask the councilmembers to take back???

Ilike2think said...

I sent them all one. It took 5 mins. Just cut and paste from one email to the next and change the names and hit send. This is a very small thing I can do to support this cause.

I do like Cory's idea also. Maybe we can do those after the first of the year. It won't hurt to ask

Simple Mindz said...

Just sent out all my emails!

snclfe said...

My council member isn't listed here (Huizar - 14th), does that mean he voted against the writers? Where's that address and letter to sent to him?