WGA East says writers will picket Grammys if no deal is reached

Yesterday, the Recording Academy announced that it had requested an interim agreement from the WGA so that the Grammy Awards could go on as planned on CBS Feb. 10. Though the verdict on that is still out, WGA East president Michael Winship told the Hollywood Insider today that writers would picket the ceremony should the WGA deny the Recording Academy’s request for an independent deal. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to the West Coast, so I don’t know what their position is on that yet,” he said. “We will picket [the CBS broadcast] if there is not a deal. SAG would ask its members, as they did with the Golden Globes, to not cross the picket line. And I would hope the American Federation of Musicians would do the same.” A WGA West spokesman has said no decision has been made yet to picket the Grammys.

The American Federation of Musicians and the
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are still hopeful that an interim agreement can be reached. In a statement released yesterday, the two groups encouraged their membership to participate in the Grammys: ”AFM and
AFTRA are encouraged by today’s news that the Writers Guild of America
has signed an interim agreement with the NAACP that will allow The 39th
NAACP Image Awards to be telecast as scheduled. John Cossette
Productions, Inc. — the producer of the 50th Annual Grammy Awards
telecast — has made a written offer to the WGA to sign a similar
interim agreement to allow the Grammy Awards to be telecast as planned
on Feb. 10, 2008…. In light of the news that the producer of the
Grammy Awards has made a firm offer to the WGA, AFM and AFTRA strongly
urge all of our members to support the important work of The Recording
Academy by participating in the Grammy events. We also strongly
encourage all participating union members to express support for our
ongoing efforts to ensure that musical artists and creative talent
receive fair compensation for their work in digital media, as well as
support for our brothers and sisters in the WGA.”

The American Federation of Musicians and theAmerican Federation of Television and Radio Artists are still hopeful that an interim agreement can be reached. In a statement released yesterday, the two groups encouraged their membership to participate in the Grammys: ”AFM andAFTRA are encouraged by today’s news that the Writers Guild of Americahas signed an interim agreement with the NAACP that will allow The 39thNAACP Image Awards to be telecast as scheduled. John CossetteProductions, Inc. — the producer of the 50th Annual Grammy Awardstelecast — has made a written offer to the WGA to sign a similarinterim agreement to allow the Grammy Awards to be telecast as plannedon Feb. 10, 2008…. In light of the news that the producer of theGrammy Awards has made a firm offer to the WGA, AFM and AFTRA stronglyurge all of our members to support the important work of The RecordingAcademy by participating in the Grammy events. We also stronglyencourage all participating union members to express support for ourongoing efforts to ensure that musical artists and creative talentreceive fair compensation for their work in digital media, as well assupport for our brothers and sisters in the WGA.”

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