That’s the latest message to WGA members from WGA East president Michael Winship, who recaps last week’s collapse of negotiations and concludes that it was pre-ordained by the AMPTP.
“If I hadn’t seen and heard it with my own eyes, I might not have believed the extraordinary depths of their dissembling,” he says.
Winship points out that prior to Friday’s meltdown, the two sides engaged in “the first frank and substantive talks with the AMPTP on new media and a range of our other issues, from original content for the Internet to enforcement and jurisdiction in reality, animation and basic cable.
“By the way, it is apparently on the basis of that brief discussion of jurisdiction that the AMPTP has fueled ludicrous rumors and fabricated the fairy tale that negotiations broke down because of animation and reality — another one of their gross distortions,” he adds parenthetically. “DON’T you believe it.”
He notes that the collapse of talks was followed a few minutes later by an AMPTP news release.
“At this point, the talks broke down and it became crystal clear that this had been the AMPTP’s intention all along — a press release went out from them so headspinningly fast that it clearly had been prepared long in advance,” he said. “They refuse to negotiate until we accept their ultimatum. We refuse to bow to such supercilious, bullheaded intransigence, designed solely to destroy us. Yet we remain reasonable women and men willing to talk, bargain and negotiate anytime, anywhere.”
Winship notes that there will be two events in New York this week, picketing at ABC Daytime on Tuesday and at Viacom HQ on Thursday.
“We are smarter, more committed and more united,” Winship said. “That is our strength. That is our power. That is why we will win.”
The entire message, after the jump.
— Dave McNary