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ABC Writers Strike Rumor
Topic Started: Nov 10 2007, 06:11 PM (419 Views)
Steve Frame
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From Deadline Hollywood blog:

Soap opera sources tell me that the soaps continue production during a strike even after they’ve run out of Guild-covered scripts by hiring new writers for the duration (and protect their anonymity so there are no repercussions against them). But this time out there seems to be a new wrinkle. Word is ABC, which owns all the soaps it airs, is sending notices to its writers advising them to elect Financial Core status with the Guild and return to work -- or their jobs might not be available when the strike is over.

Note: As I understand it, Financial Core status allows writers to elect to be non-voting members of the guild during the strike and still work, however there's no guarantee they'll be allowed back in to the guild afterwards.

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ABC shouldn't try blackmailing their writers. They could throw the idea out there as an option, but the threat of losing their jobs is going to cause them to reject it.
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