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Below-the-line picket at SAG awards canceled

A threat by a group of below-the-line Hollywood crew members to picket Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to protest the ongoing writers strike has been called off. In an e-mail sent to other crew members, set decorator Mel Cooper, who had called for the rally, said the picketing was canceled “due to the positive motion of the talks” now that negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are back at the bargaining table.

Thousands of people who work behind the scenes in movies and television, including vendors, have been adversely affected by the strike, which is now in its 12th week. Organizers had been hoping to picket the Shrine just as celebrities begin arriving in their limousines Sunday afternoon to gain maximum media exposure for their protest. Cooper said that if the current talks aimed at resolving the strike break down, they will plan another rally to highlight the financial impact the strike is having on their lives.

-- Robert W. Welkos

 
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They SHOULD protest. I'm tired of the writers pretending THEY are the workers. You can't live on what YOU make? Try being a cast and crew member or a restaurant worker who has lost his job so YOU can make more money. Have sacrificed so YOU can have a fancier car.....

The REAL workers are getting screwed in Hollywood - PICKET FOR WORKERS RIGHTS!

i wish i'd known about this potential protest. i would have supported it. it's about time writers and producers start thinking of all the people this strike has put out of work. frankly, i don't know how writers can sleep at night-knowing there's a dga contract signed and they are still holding back keeping 1000's of people unemployed. i sure couldn't sleep well.

I think it will if this doesn,t end soon


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