Schwarzenegger Talks to Both Sides in Strike

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is talking to writers and studio executives, but it’s premature to call him a broker in resolving the dispute.

His spokesman, Aaron McLear, said that Schwarzenegger is talking to “people on the studio side” today after talking with writers on Monday. But he said that his phone calls to studio and guild reps should not be taken as an indication that the governor is engaged in brokering an agreement. Because unions and guilds are regulated by the National Labor Relations Board, such a lead role has fallen to the federal mediator.

“There is really not a role for the state as far as we can tell,” McLear said. “This is really in the federal jurisdiction.”

“To the extent that he can get involved, he is doing anything he can do.”

McLear declined to say was being discussed or who he was talking to. The conversations today were taking place by phone, as Schwarzenegger was in San Francisco at the site of the Bay Area oil spill.

“Both sides asked to talk to him, so he is fulfilling that request,” McLear said. “He is trying to get a read on what the issues are.”

A studio source said that Schwarzenegger talked to industry heads and essentially was dissuaded from getting involved in the strike — as have been other politicians. In other words, “we don’t need help now and don’t know what role there is for you,” the source said.

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