Wednesday, May 22, 2013

FASHION POLICE Writers On Strike. A Picket Sign is Tomorrow's Hot New Accessory.

Stretch your legs and mingle with fellow writers at tomorrow's Picket & Rally in front of E! Entertainment Television headquarters. Striking is the new black this TV season as the writers of E! network's comedy-variety show FASHION POLICE don picket signs and take to the streets to gain Writer's Guild coverage and to protest unfair labor practices. The strike is sanctioned by the WGA and all writers -- union and non -- are encouraged to show support and walk along side these brave souls. A WGA letter stated: "Although Fashion Police is one of E!’s highest-rated shows, its writers lack health and pension benefits, residuals, and industry-standard compensation. When the writers began to organize earlier this year they were met with threats and delaying tactics," the missive continued, encouraging "non-members to respect the strike and support these writers, who are taking a stand against substandard wages and conditions." 
The show is hosted by Joan Rivers and produced in partnership with her production company, Rugby Productions. As a fan of Rivers I was happy to hear reports from an E! rep saying that "Joan Rivers has gone on record repeatedly that she supports the FASHION POLICE writers and wants a fair agreement for them."  But I guess Rivers hasn't mentioned her support to the powers that be at E! network yet. - Surprising since she's usually not one to keep quiet about her views.  As of today, a WGA contract has not been signed. 
The Picket & Rally is tomorrow, THURSDAY, May 23 from 11:30 to 12:30 @ 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Parking is available across the street at 5757 Wilshire Blvd at the museum. After you park, see a WGA volunteer for parking validation. Also you can RSVP to 323-782-4567.  Come join the rally and make a loud Fashion statement!!

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