Sunday, January 20, 2008

Is WGA Director David J. Young the right man for the job?

The New York Times article Writers’ Strike Tests the Mettle of 2 Outsiders gives some interesting not-much-talked-about background on WGA West Executive Director David J. Young that leaves us asking Guess? what happen to the Union of Needle Trades?
Mr. Young, who declined to be interviewed for this article, was best known as a principal player behind a hard-fought attempt in the mid-1990s by the Union of Needle Trades, Industrial and Textile Employees to organize workers who were making clothes for Guess? Inc. That drive failed when Guess? simply moved most of its work out of the country.
WTF? Scary stuff.

There are two ways this could go:
  1. Young's Russian roulette clicking background will get the AMPTP to give the WGA a good deal, maybe better than those wimpy directors (writers are harder to source from the third world than needle workers, right?)
  2. In a "Who has a bigger dick?"-style competition, the media moguls let the strike continue while finding other ways to make money, and all the while Young will be collecting his WGA paycheck and declining interviews
Your thoughts?

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