Studios and writers continue to bicker as the WGA’s picket lines lengthen on Wall Street today, according to Variety.
"The WGA is using fear and intimidation to control its membership," the companies’ lead negotiator Nick Counter said in a statement. "Asking members to inform on each other and creating a blacklist of those who question the tactics of the WGA leadership is as unacceptable today as it was when the WGA opposed these tactics in the 1950s."
The WGA responded with the following statement: "Mr. Counter’s charge is as offensive as it is untrue. To accuse the WGA of blacklisting, when it was we who suffered the most from it in the past, is simply Mr. Counter’s desperate attempt to divert attention from the fact that it was he who walked out of the negotiations, and it is he who refuses every day to return to the table. The WGA has an offer on the table and is ready and willing to meet with the AMPTP any day, anywhere."
Jonathan Handel, an attorney with TroyGould who’s a former WGA counsel, said Counter’s analogy doesn’t carry weight because the strike rules are in line with typical union behavior. "His statement is as fanciful and outdated as assuming the moon has anything to do with green cheese," Handel said.