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Verrone addresses WGA members

In his first communication with members since Friday night’s collapse of negotiations, WGA West president Patric Verrone has continued to blast away at the AMPTP.
“I need not recount the events of the rest of last week other than to highlight the AMPTP’s cynical and pre-determined decision to walk out on the talks on Friday,” he said in an email sent Sunday. “This marks the second time they’ve walked away from the bargaining table—actions that have shown a total disregard for their responsibilities to the creative community and the below-the-line workers that give so much to our industry.”
He also asserted that members won’t succumb to union-busting techniques of PR consultants hired by the AMPTP. “We will not fall for their “divide and conquer” tricks designed to separate Guild leadership from membership, members from one another, writers from our supporters, and truth from innuendo,” he added.

Verrone stressed that the WGA’s willing to engage in serious negotiations — although no talks are scheduled — and he said negotiating committee and board members will return to the picket lines this week. “Our solidarity on the line is the surest proof that we remain all in this together,” he concluded.

— Dave Mcnary

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