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When the WGA issued its strike rules a month ago, the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers responded with information on its Web site showing how to file for financial core status. Under fi-core, a writer gives up full membership in the guild and withholds dues spent on political activities in order to continue writing during the strike. The AMPTP also pointed out that WGA members who go fi-core can’t be disciplined for working during a strike.

That said, strike-breaking is a serious issue for the WGA and its strike rules require members to report any activity in that realm. Discipline for violations of strike can include expulsion, suspension, fines and censure; nonmembers who perform banned work during a strike will be barred from joining the WGA.

WGA West members received an email over the weekend from Dan Wilcox, chair of the newly formed WGA West Strike Rules Compliance Committee and a member of the WGA West’s Board.

The letter, after the jump.

— Dave McNary

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  1. Katie Harrison Hammersly says:

    I’m trying to locate Stan Chervin. If it’s the same guy, we were at UC Berkeley together in the mid-seventies. BTW I agree that scabs will only prolong this sad strike business, and I’ll be the first to admit I’m missing my nightly Colbert. But turning in your neighbor? Sounds like fodder from a Catholic school principal.

  2. Dana says:

    Thanks, Fi-Core — will do.

  3. Fi-Core Info says:

    It would seem appropriate to also link to the AMPTP info regarding “financial core” status as mentioned in the article: http://www.amptp.org/wgastrikefaq.html

  4. Angela says:

    It’s one thing to mind myself during a strike, but to report on my neighbors..? I support my union, and this strike, but this gives me the chills.

  5. Kate says:

    Wow! Is this communist Russia asking neighbors to turn in others to the KGB or what?

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