Striking Writers File Labor Complaint

Associated Press
Friday, December 14, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 -- Union officials representing striking Hollywood writers said Thursday they have filed an unfair labor practices complaint claiming studios violated federal law by breaking off negotiations.

The Writers Guild of America demanded in a statement that the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers return to the bargaining table so the six-week strike can be resolved.

Negotiations broke off Dec. 7 when the alliance refused to bargain further unless the union dropped a half-dozen proposals, including the authority to unionize writers on reality shows and animation projects.

The "baseless, desperate NLRB complaint is just the latest indication that the WGA's negotiating strategy has achieved nothing for working writers," the alliance fired back in its statement.

The labor board did not immediately return a call to its Los Angeles office.

"It is a clear violation of federal law for the AMPTP to issue an ultimatum and break off negotiations if we fail to cave to their illegal demands," the guild's statement said. "We are in the midst of the holiday season, with thousands of our members and the membership of other unions out of work."

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