David Letterman union buster buster

Good for Letterman.

(NY Times) Letterman to Return In Deal With Striking Writers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Late-night TV host David Letterman reached a deal on Friday with the union for striking screenwriters that will let his show return to the air next week while bringing his writing staff back with him.

The Writers Guild of America called its pact with Letterman’s production company, WorldWide Pants Inc, a sign of union readiness to negotiate a deal with major film and TV studios to settle Hollywood’s worst labor crisis in 20 years.

The WGA said its “comprehensive agreement” with WorldWide Pants included provisions to pay writers for work distributed over the Internet — presumably covering the large assortment of advertising-supported video clips of Letterman’s show that CBS posts on its Web site.

Trying to climb into other people’s heads and ascribe to them hidden motives is always dangerous, not to mention damn unfair.  For all I know, the producers fighting the Writers Guild have what they consider to be good business reasons for taking a hard line.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t have my suspicions.

Ever since Reagan fired the air traffic controllers, the corporate modus operandi in labor “relations” has been unbending and consistently confrontational: Real men don’t bargain; they break the union’s back. 

So seeing any employer, but especially one this visible, deciding to instead negotiate in good faith is something worth celebrating.

Let’s run his ratings up a little.

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4 Responses to “David Letterman union buster buster”

  1. Larkrise Says:

    Hurrah for Dave! And, he is a former Hoosier, from right here in Indianapolis. His mom lives in Carmel, a suburb of Indy. My Aunt dated his Uncle, just a few years ago. But, sad to say, they broke up, though my cousin keeps in touch. I liked Earl. He had the same dry humor that Dave has. Anyway, I admire what Dave has done. Three cheers and may his ratings take the lead.

  2. richl Says:

    A double hurrah if I remember my stories correctly. Seems I’ve read that Letterman has continued paying the salaries of his writers during the whole strike.

  3. Again Says:

    Real men don’t bargain; they break the union’s back

    since a while now i’m pondering about these words: Real men don’t do this or that (like Real Men Don’t Take Prisoners or Real Men Don’t Ask for Directions - the reason why i always prefer to be called “human”, because i refuse to send the slightest signal that i belong to a species of hooligans and Mad-(Wannabe)-Kings. “Real men don’t cook, sew, clean, or care for children”? What kind of “men” should that be - neglecting their own sons and daughters? Hardly a Homo Sapiens Sapiens

    but then i started to focus on the second part - “they break the union’s back”

    started to focus on union, on community, on the very heart of human intelligence and human nature - and stumbled across…


    and what do you think is the first entry?

    “being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the Civil War”

    and so i start to think why those “Real Men” are deeply unamerican - because

    “4: the state of being united; “there is strength in union” ”

    they “break the union’s back” - individual persons only can be strong in a union, in a relationship of partners, not of masters and slaves. Ok, aristocrats typically believe otherwise, believe to be strong on their own, but - in fact - depend on a great lot of underlings

    America is not the “Home of the Slaves” - but the Home of the Free, there has to be unions, partnerships, communities to allow the freedom of the individual to survive. Freedom cannot work otherwise - so people like that, “breaking the union’s back”, kill the very heart of America

    deeply un-american…

    We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness

  4. AtomicWarBaby Says:

    Re: Reagan firing the Air Traffic Controllers: One of FOX NEWS talking blowheads said this: that JIMMY CARTER deregulated the Airlines, and that HE was the one responsible, him alone, for the sorry state of our Airline industry today!!

    I don’t recall Jimmy Carter “deregulating” anything, any readers out there knowledgeable about this?

    Someday, I believe, Historians will look back on Pres. Carter’s presidency, I show how “ahead of his time” he was, & how he was Torpedoed by Corporate America & the Republicans.

    During the Iran Hostage Crisis, we didn’t know about the close Ties the BUSH family had with the SAUDI KING & the Saudi Prince BANDAR. I bet your bippy, that hidden in Reagan’s secret files somewhere is a Secret Plan they used to CREATE the Oil Crisis of Pres. Carter’s time, which helped lead to Carter’s re-election defeat.

    PRINCE BANDAR & BUSH probably arranged the “OIL CRISIS” covertly (Bush was former head of CIA, which I’m sure helped with this Plot, as well as with the “IRAN CONTRA” & probably CIA had a hand in helping to foment the IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS, which also helped screw Pres. Carter.

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