And the hits keep coming: The Writers Guild of America filed an unfair labor practices complaint against Hollywood studios in a bid to force them back to the negotiating table with striking writers. Studios spat back that they didn’t illegally break off talks.
The ”baseless, desperate NLRB [National Labor Relations Board] complaint is just the latest indication that the WGA’s negotiating strategy has achieved nothing for working writers,” the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said in a statement.
Negotiations in the six-week strike collapsed Dec. 7 when the alliance refused to bargain further unless the union dropped proposals that included the authority to unionize writers on reality shows and animation projects.
The labor board did not immediately return a call to its Los Angeles office.
It’s not unusual for opposing sides in a labor dispute to file such complaints in an attempt to turn up the bargaining pressure, said Daniel J.B. Mitchell, a professor of management and public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The guild said it expects the labor board to assign an investigator and complete an inquiry within 30 days.
Generally, if the board decides a complaint has merit, it can require a hearing that could lead to an order to resume bargaining in good faith or punitive measures such as fines.