After two months of picketing, WGA picketers scoff at the notion that they’ll be in any way intimidated by the weather — even with a major storm set to hit Los Angeles Thursday night.
“We’ll be out (Friday) morning as planned,” said strike captain B. Mark Seabrooks at the guild’s information table at Johnny Carson Park.
About 100 pickets were on the line outside NBC Burbank at three locations at mid-morning on Thursday, despite cool temperatures. Organizer Charles Allen noted that the guild has been able to summon picketers even on rainy days, such as the Dec. 18 “scene of the crime” rally at AMPTP headquarters.
“It was rainy throughout that morning and we still had over 300 people there,” he said.
In New York City, picketing’s set to take place for a second day outside NBC during the taping of Conan O’Brien’s show even though temps are around 20 degrees. WGA East spokeswoman said it was the coldest day yet for picketing — an impressive statement given the series of chilly days faced by guild supporters.
“It’s absolutely bone-chilling,” Goldman said. “It will intentionally be a very small picket, so we can have a ‘representative picket line’ outside NBC studios where Conan is taping and where we can leaflet audience members going into the taping.”
Picketing’s been limited this week to NBC as a way of drawing attention to the net’s role as an AMPTP member in the stalled negotiations, which broke down Dec. 7.
Regular picketing will resume Monday at the major studio lots in the Los Angeles area, although the WGA’s decided to call off picketing at Sony. “It’s a question of how to best use our resources,” Allen said. “We will definitely continue to picket at all the other major lots.”
— Dave McNary