In his first statement since announcing the end of WGA strike  Tuesday night, WGA West president Patric Verrone has told SAG members that they need to support their leaders.

Verrone has emailed SAG members to thank them for their support during the WGA strike. He pledged that WGA members will return that support and he urged  SAG to support SAG national exec director Doug Allen and SAG president Alan Rosenberg in the face of moves by the companies to foster dissent.

“Any union's bargaining strength is a function of what management thinks of its members' determination and its leadership's approval,” Verrone said. “Alan and Doug have been thoughtful and tenacious leaders throughout their tenures and I implore you to give them your faith, your resolve, and your patience in the months ahead. The more you trust them to do their job, the better they can do it. What the Writers Guilds accomplished this year was the result of our internal solidarity, as well as support from sister Guilds and unions nationwide, led by yours.”

Move comes with SAG being pushed by high-profile stars, including George Clooney and Tom Hanks, to begin negotiations as soon as possible and the AMPTP announcing it's ready to go. Allen's so far been mum about when he wants talks to start.

Here's the entire message, sent to SAG members by Rosenberg –

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