Jeff Hermanson and the power of the picket

The town can count on plenty of strike picketing this week.

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Jeff Hermanson, the WGA West’s top organizer and strike coordinator, has told the guild’s membership that picketing is crucial to getting a good deal.

“I say this as someone with over 30 years of trial-and-error, first-hand experience on the lines: picketing has given us almost all the bargaining power we have,” said Hermanson in a message to members sent out Sunday afternoon.

Hermanson, who’s operated mostly behind the scenes during the strike, also said that a board member or negotiating committee member will be present at each studio on every picket line shift on Monday.

“The picket lines helped shut down the TV season and many movies,” he wrote. “Picketing helps to reinforce the fact that scabbing is unacceptable. We created a climate of unity and strength and shutting down production all over town is a major reason the companies are feeling pressure to deal with us fairly.”

Hermanson’s entire message, after the jump.

— Dave McNary

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