The latest victim of the strike — this Sunday’s WGA West holiday picnic and potluck.
The WGA’s announced it’s pulled the plug on the event because members have been saying the guild needs to use its resources in other ways during a strike.
Here’s the entire message —
Writers Guild of America, West
2007 HOLIDAY PICKETERS PICNIC & POTLUCK
Sunday, December 16, 2007
12 – 4 p.m.
Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
With regret, the Guild has decided not to host this holiday event. Our original intent was to give members the opportunity to relax and gather with families, colleagues and friends old and new during the holiday season. However, feedback from members led to a deeper evaluation by Guild leadership, who came to the conclusion that resources could be better used elsewhere during a strike.
We know this is a challenging time for both writers and our industry colleagues. Leadership wants to acknowledge and thank our members who have given incredible amounts of time, creativity, their presence and support to all strike efforts, and we had hoped to do so through this scaled down picnic. Please know that in cancelling, we are not in any way less grateful for your energy and commitment. You truly are the reason this strike is working and will continue to work to drive the companies back to the table to finally bargain in good faith.
In the absence of this event, we encourage you to continue developing your relationships with fellow Guild members out on the lines, at rallies, around our headquarters and at your own private gatherings. Right now what matters most is that we remain united on issues of greater importance than this year’s party, so that we can all look forward to celebrating when we have a fair deal.
Our very best wishes to you this holiday season.