WGA to strikers: Go ahead and buy the Veuve Clicquot, but hold off on the ice

VeuveAs the resumed contract talks head into their second day, WGA leaders are urging members not to break out the Champagne — yet.

In an e-mail message sent to members late Monday night,the WGA West board of directors discussed the surveys (including Variety’s) that show public support for the writers while sounding a supportive note of caution:

“We continue to win tremendous support from across the nation and our own industry. You’ll be hearing more about this in the days to come. But this is no time to be over-confident. We are at a critical juncture and must not lessen our resolve. Returning to the negotiating table is a beginning, not the end. If we are to succeed it is because we — all of us — keep the pressure on.”

The full message, after the jump.

— Dave McNary


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  1. Greasy says:

    Be careful what you post, Dana — the thought police are everywhere.

  2. Dana says:

    Dana Harris here, editor of Variety.com — and the aforementioned headline writer. There was no class connotation intended here, other than I found a nice image of Veuve Clicquot (had to re-edit to correct the spelling) and I didn’t want to repeat the word “Champagne.” And I think the headline agrees with the message: You’re doing a great job but it’s not over yet.

  3. John Aboud says:

    Ah, McNary. How you amuse me, sir. “Go ahead and buy the Veuve Clicquot”? As the geeks like to say, “What the frak?” Who could get that headline out of the board’s message? Your headline is delightfully loaded with class and ego stereotypes the AMPTP would love to perpetuate but the facts do not support. Well done!
    The text of the board’s message is clear: There is nothing to celebrate. The only satisfaction we writers have at the moment is knowing that our message is resonating with the town and the broader country. We can feel some comfort in knowing that we are right, and, as the New Yorker’s Nancy Franklin wrote, the companies are “sensationally wrong.” That’s nice, but it’s not a deal.
    I’m not even buying the Two-Buck Chuck yet.

  4. b!X says:

    This headline, of course, bears no resemblance whatsoever not just to the content of the message but even to its tone.

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