It's On: Writers Finalize Plans for Midnight Strike

Guild members meet to prepare for picketing
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2007 1:25 PM CST
Writers Guild of America member Larry Wilmore, center, talks with colleagues during a WGA meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center to discuss contract negotiations Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. The guild...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Members of the Writers Guild of America met in their LA headquarters this weekend to plan for their strike, scheduled to begin at midnight tonight. About 300 strike captains will lead and organize the picketing. "This is it. This is the time in history that a stand has to be made," one writer told the Los Angeles Times.

Guild members will picket for four hours a day, and most will do so outside the studios of the shows they write for. Captains will pass out signs and T-shirts. Negotiations are stuck largely over how much writers should be paid for DVD sales. "It's the middle class versus the CEOs—maybe the middle class can win one this time," said one captain.