Robert J. Elisberg, WGA Member and contributor to The Huffington Post, wrote a piece excerpted here called, "WGA Strike Primer: Settling a Final Debt."

It's not officially over yet, of course. There still is the matter of approving the contract. It's a 10-day process, a blink by strike standards, but long enough. Arguments of all views will be made, we do know that -- these are writers after all, they argue views the way fish get wet. In a matter of days, though, it should all be done. But just the mere thought forces a person to look at what got us here -- regardless of where "here" is at the moment. And for me, one thought leaps out.

The strike captains.

Throughout this process, I have been in awe of the strike captains. To be sure there have been others who have been inexpressibly impressive and deserved the height of appreciation, notably those taking the slings and bludgeons. But I still reserve my awe for the strike captains.

Read the full article here.


Jake Hollywood said...

Are these the same strike captains who bombarded my email with: Make sure you vote, "yes" to end the strike. And do the same with the ratification vote, knowing full well that "the deal" was no deal at all? Those strike captains?


I'll think about it and get back to you.


I'll reserve my awe for those picketers who supported the strike by voting to strike. And I'll reserve my awe for those picketers who voted against striking. Both of whom joining together on the picket line presenting a united front. They did their picketing shift, hating every minute of it, and yet did it anyway, only in the end to be betrayed by a cowardly DGA Board and by their own leadership who settled on the cheap rather than holding out for something above average.

The people who walked everyday (and the fans, actors, assistants, and everybody else on the lines and behind the scenes), who never missed a day--rain or shine--since day one and until the end--those people deserve my respect. I give it freely and unequivocally.

Crystal said...

I'm not a member of Huffington Post, so I can't comment directly there, but I would add my salute to Hilary Winston, who became my strike captain and kept me informed, just because I asked her to.

I'm not WGA, at least not yet, so I was never assigned a strike captain and yet since much of the information about when and where to picket and what was going on came through the strike captains and I was out there like everyone else, I needed a strike captain too. It was made more difficult for me to find a captain because I worked at night in post until the strike took out that part as well and I got laid off and so my picketing was in the middle of the day across two shifts, but Hilary welcomed me and kept me informed. She did a great job for her people, and I want to acknowledge her, too.

Packman said...

u suck writers, hold out!!!
they're willing to cave soon!
The stockpile of new TV is running out.
They need you and us.
Don't be weak-ass pansy wannabee producers.
---signed a GRIP, Local 80

smart said...

I'm someone who supported the writers and spent some of my days on the picket line. Even though I was from another union, the Strike Captains at CBS Radford and Disney, ALWAYS made me feel welcome, and made me feel that my support was important.
I, along with Robert Elisberg, salute the Strike Captains.
A BTL, who admires the written word.

Geo Rule said...

Just like in any army, it's the non-coms who are the glue.