The scribes who went on strike last week against E!‘s Joan Rivers-hosted panel series Fashion Police and Rivers’ production company have sent another response to the network. They say E! has falsely characterized the situation by suggesting that holding an election to determine if a majority of writers want to join the WGA would lead to talks. The scribes say a majority has already been determined, so that plan doesn’t fly (they had already said the network’s call for elections was a “stalling tactic”). Here’s today’s letter, which also seems to indicate that E! hasn’t contacted WGA reps yet in the matter:
The only possible purpose of holding an election would be to determine if a majority of Fashion Police writers wish to be represented by the Writers Guild of America in this matter. That determination has already been made. A majority of Fashion Police writers have contacted the company numerous times to indicate that they want to be represented by the Guild. A majority of Fashion Police writers have signed union cards indicating the same thing. And last week a majority of Fashion Police writers indicated their support by walking off the job in a collective action designed to force the Company to offer us, without further delay, a Guild contract. We are not interested in fighting over yet another means of demonstrating that we represent a majority of the Fashion Police writing staff. We are only interested in getting a union contract that would put a stop to our years of under-paid work and unpaid overtime and provide us with health care for our families. For the benefit of all concerned we urge you to stop dragging this out and contact our representatives at the WGA now to move this process forward.
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- Writers Guild of America