As if there was any intent to make progress! The trades are playing up this week as do or die, but my guess is that the Allens have no intention of doing a deal this week – you gotta dance with the one who brung you, right? And who brought the Allens? Membership First, of course, and within Membership First, a certain hard core group.
All hell would break loose if the Allens came to their senses and said, look, this is not going to work this time around, let’s cut our losses and see if we can trade in our (mostly illusory) strike threat and cut a slightly better deal on new media residuals for the entire town and circle around afterwards and start building a genuine inter-union EMI sector council that can leverage real power effectively in 2011.
Sorry, I guess that was a run-on sentence! But you get the point. This week will be pro forma. The Guild will make some “concessions” and then when they get rebuffed because they thump the table and demand more in DVD residuals, they will hold a press conference about the big bad producers (hey, at least that is true, right?) and how they will have to push the employers up against the June deadline to make real progress. Only then will the Allens finally turn on their MF backers and force them to accept a deal without a strike. Of course, that may lead to early retirement for both of them but at least Doug would probably walk away with a hefty severance payment.