This is just a quick note to say that I strongly recommend checking out the Negotiations Special episode (#327) of The Writers Panel podcast, for anyone interested in what’s going on with the current negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP (and really, that should probably be everyone that reads this blog).
Ben Blacker talks with former WGA President Chris Keyser, as well as other guild members about what’s going on with the negotiations and the call for a strike authorization vote. It’s incredibly informative, and clearly addresses a lot of the questions and uncertainty that writers have over the upcoming vote.
If you’re a WGA member, you need to listen to this.
If you’re an aspiring WGA member, you need to listen to this.
If you’re only getting updates about the negotiations from trade news sites or publications, you need to listen to this.
If you don’t know what’s going on with the negotiations at all and are wondering why so many people have “I stand with the WGA” avatars on their social media profiles right now, you need to listen to this.
Seriously, it’s an hour of your time and will give you a ton of insight into what’s going on and why it’s important. This isn’t me taking a position on the specific details of the negotiation or asking anyone to choose a side… this is simply me advocating for a better informed conversation.
There’s a strike vote authorization coming up (which is not the same thing as voting to go on strike… if you didn’t know that, you definitely need to listen to this). It benefits everyone to be educated and informed going into a strike authorization vote.
With approximately one week until the vote, you owe it to yourself to spend an hour listening to this one podcast episode and gaining a better overview of the situation.