Governor fears for the little people
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today said he was concerned about the economic impact of the writers strike but has not yet personally gotten involved in trying to end the labor dispute.
“If I’m asked down the line, I will get involved. But at this point I’ve been talking [to people on both sides] but I haven’t been asked” to intervene, Schwarzenegger said at a press conference.
Settling the strike quickly is important “because it has tremendous impact on our state,” he said. He stressed that “the people who suffer the most with a strike are the people suffering from living with very little money,” who could run into trouble making house payments and paying for school supplies for their children.
“I think that’s a sad story,” he said. “Because the studio executives are not going to suffer, the union leaders are not going to suffer, the writers in the strike are not going to suffer, all the people who have money.
“The electricians, the grips, the set designers are the people who are going to suffer because they are not getting paid and they are out of work.”
-- Marc Lifsher