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Times Staffers Prepare For Not So Merry Christmas

nyt logo.jpgAccording to a memo sent out to guild members last night, The New York Times will keep staffers it plans to lay off next week — as many as 26 of them — on the payroll until December 23, “several days longer than planned.”

This extension is related to a dispute between the union and Times management over calculating seniority and “several related issues,” the union said in the memo yesterday, which was obtained by FishbowlNY. The dispute went before an arbitrator last night, and he is expected to rule on the matter Monday. The Times will then provide the guild a list of those targeted for layoffs before dropping the axe. Apparently, seniority will be playing a factor in who the paper decides to let go, so the guild wants to make sure it is correctly calculated before final decisions are made.

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WGA Strike News Updates

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Nikki Finke has opened her column up to reader comments about the WGA strike. Who knew she was so popular in Argentina? Finke’s coverage is far and away the most comprehensive, too.

KCET has already assured that the station’s prizewinning A Place of Our Own will start in January, strike or no strike, by committing to abide by whatever resolution the WGA accepts. Why don’t more networks chose to do this? (That’s not a rhetorical question–email us if you can explain this.)

The Guild is prepared to fight to the death for a bigger share of DVD/internet residuals, but the bonus materials included on most DVDs aren’t under WGA jurisdiction, which is odd.

IATSE members have been reminded of their contracts, just in case any of them were thinking of supporting the WGA, but the Teamsters get to choose. Of course, last time the Teamsters struck, writers crossed those picket lines in droves, but a Teamster strike is a fearful thing in show biz land.

But Vince Vaughn isn’t much of a pal, according to Ken Levine:

And thank you to actors like Vince Vaughn, who since he isn’t in the WGA finds nothing morally wrong with agreeing to polish scripts during a strike. The fact that we go out on strike to craft a deal that will be the template for the SAG deal so HE won’t have to go out on strike apparently means nothing to him.