Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have weighed in on the WGA strike, giving their support to labor in the negotiations.
“I support the Writers Guild’s pursuit of a fair contract that pays them for their work in all mediums,” Clinton said in a statement. “I hope the producers and writers will return to the bargaining table to work out an equitable contract that keeps our entertainment industry strong and recognizes the contributions writers make to the success of the industry.”
Obama was a bit more forceful in his statement, and said, “I stand with the writers. The guild’s demand is a test of whether media corporations are going to give writers a fair share of the wealth their work creates or continue concentrating profits in the hands of their executives. I urge the producers to work with the writers so that everyone can get back to work.”
Edwards said in a statement, “The striking Writers Guild members are fighting an important battle to protect their creative rights. These writers deserve to be compensated fairly for their work, and I commend their courage in standing up to big media conglomerates. As someone who has walked picket lines with workers all across America and as a strong believer in collective bargaining, I hope that both sides are able to quickly reach a just settlement.”
In Clinton’s and Obama’s cases, they are taking the opposing side of some of industry’s major moguls who support them. News Corp.’s Peter Chernin and Warner Bros.’ Alan Horn are among Clinton’s industry supporters, while Sony’s Michael Lynton, Universal’s Ron Meyer and DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen have each co-hosted fuund-raising events for Obama.
But as the primaries approach, and fund-raising season winds down, the campaigns are concentrating on endorsements and winning votes. So it is not a big surprise that they are falling on the side of labor, even if their gripes are not over basic wages but returns on DVDs and new media.