November 26, 2007

Negotiation Ground Rules for Writers Strike

Settlement talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resume today. According to a blog written by writers from the Late Show, the following rules will be in effect during the negotiations:
  • Each side may bring one giant inflatable animal.
  • No hot-dogging or show-boating.
  • During the 15 minute break, there will be a musical performance by the National Labor Relations Board's "Rappin' Mediator."
  • The AMPTP must withdraw excessively unfavorable proposals if the WGA team chants "Hey hey, ho ho, corporate greed has got to go."
  • Each negotiating team member must bring a covered dish.
  • To determine the final internet residuals formula, the WGA will pick one of 26 silver briefcases held by models.
  • The session will begin with an attempt to resolve a minor negotiating issue: the WGA wants to be able to sit at the table, while the AMPTP is demanding 100% of the chairs for themselves.

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