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How are music recording artists punished if they cross the ...

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How are music recording artists punished if they cross the Writers Guild picket line at the Grammys. What is the argument against musicians participating in the Grammys this year if picketed by the Writer's Guild?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
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Expert:  Jamie replied 9 years ago.

Hello again!

Should the WGA decide to picket the awards show - which conveniently takes place in Los Angeles where most writers are based - celebrity attendance would certainly be affected. It was the refusal of Screen Actors Guild members to cross the picket line at the Globes that ultimately derailed that show.

"WGA has informed us that this is struck work, and they expect to have a picket line in place," SAG said Monday. "In those circumstances, our members have been unwilling to cross a picket line, and we anticipate that solidarity will continue."

Some of the marquee Grammy nominees - including Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Alicia Keys - are SAG members. Also, the Grammy ceremony regularly attracts top movie and TV actors as presenters.

There is really no punishment for the musicians or even SAG members crossing the WGA picket because it is not their strike; but it is frowned upon (in union circles) to have one union not stand behind another when they represent similar trades.


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