In a whimsical suggestion to prevent back-to-back strikes, actor-producer Wayne Rogers has floated the idea of setting up a virtual strike.
Rogers, best known for his work on “MASH,” has proposed setting up a virtual strike Web site that would play out the specific impacts of work stoppages by the Writers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists next year. The WGA film-TV pact expires May 1; the SAG/AFTRA contract concludes June 30.
“We can offer the combatants computer projections of how their respective negotiating positions and fallback positions and the most likely compromise positions would play out before the agonies of actors, writers, executives and stockholders become real,” Rogers said. “We can also offer a voice to those subsidiary players in this strike, nonstriking industry workers who will face the prospect of layoff and loss of income and career, too. Only they won’t have anyone pursuing their interests.”
Rogers asserted that it makes more sense to come to an agreement before work stoppages rather than after.
“It is the actual confrontation of consequences that finally drive strikes to their conclusions and these decisions can be less destructively confronted in prospect rather than in the unemployment line,” he said.