Whereas, the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) has refused to recognize the legitimate claims of the approximately 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) to fair remuneration through residuals on the distribution of its members’ creative endeavors on any current distribution platforms and those yet to be developed, including the monitoring and enforcement thereof; and

Whereas, the AMPTP has had sufficient experience in new media to make confident, public revenue projections to its shareholders, but nevertheless insist that it must study new media for another three years before it can bargain a residuals formula; and

Whereas, the AMPTP has thus far been unwilling to recognize that the wages, working conditions and residuals provided in the basic WGA contract should govern work created for any platform, new or old; and has thus far been unwilling to bargain in good faith with the WGA; and is unwilling to offer a reasonable compensation proposal on new media, the home video market formula, DVD sales, mobile phone and iPod transmissions; nor to counteroffer WGA payment proposals for Internet streaming and instead calls such use “promotional” even when whole pictures are shown and new revenue is generated.

Therefore be it resolved,  that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party fully supports the strike action and the fight for a fair agreement by the Writers Guild of America as a job action necessary to furthering resolution of the issues between it and its signatory employers, and encourages the AMPTP to return to the table and engage in good faith bargaining; and

Be it further resolved, that this Resolution should be transmitted to the WGA, the AMPTP, the California Democratic Party, the media, and interested parties.

Submitted by:
Robert Silver, CDP  43rd AD Executive Board, SAG Member
Clark Lee, State Executive Board Representative, 60th AD, CDP
Sumi Haru, Southern Chair, API Caucus, CDP and National Board Member, SAG
Leah K. Herzberg, 41 AD, LACDP Resolutions Committee Member
Mike Fong, Southern Vice Chair, API Caucus, CDP and Alternate Member, LACDP
Anthony Rendon, Member, LACDP
John Smith, Region 16 Director, CDP
Van Tamom, Ex Officio, LACDP
Nick Warshaw, State President, California College Democrats, LACDP Atl Member

Passed by Los Angeles County Democratic Party, 11/13/07