Haskell Wexler on the picket lines

United Hollywood posted a missive from cinematographer Haskell Wexler exhorting his union to join the WGA on the picket lines:

I walked the WGA picket line along with 6000 film workers demonstrating in front of Fox Studios.

The spirit I saw in that demonstration is exciting to me, it gives me hope. These strikers are resisting further concessions, concessions which compromise all our futures.

I caught the eye of a couple of grips and electricians driving through the line. Although I understand why our guys go through the line, it saddens me.

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Our Local President still signs letters “in solidarity.” But I ask, solidarity with whom? When we are told not to support our union brothers and sisters in this instance, what can we expect from them when we eventually need support ourselves?

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  1. Out of work crew member says:

    To D. Miller,
    Your comment is precisely why most of the IATSE crew members don’t believe in this strike – your selfish comments do not prompt us to side with you, even though your “future” guild, WGA, wants us to defend them. Why don’t you just continue to write the scripts, and when no one shows up to create your vision, dress and light the set, and set up your director’s chair, since we seem to be so expendable, you can complain some more . . .

  2. Diane Miller says:

    I am a future writer who will one day belong to the Writers Guild. I am boycotting all DVD purchases until the strike is over. Four cents vs. Eight Cents. It should be 25 cents. The writer is the most important person in any project. Without us all others would not exist. D. Miller

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