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All My Children Writer Speaks on Strike

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allmychildren.jpg All My Children writer Michelle Patrick recently spoke to The Los Angeles Times about the ongoing writers' strike. The focus of the interview?

Patrick's anger at producers and scab writers that cross the picket lines. (Unlike primetime shows, soap operas did not immediately run out of material once the strike began; most spent a year stockpiling scripts in anticipation of the scribes' walkout.)

According to Patrick, All My Children will carry on "because they've got people scabbing in there.  We don't know who.  They shield their identity to protect them from repercussions from the guild.  They work through e-mail, with false names."

Patrick said that on the first day of the impasse, a producer of another soap from a different network called her to ask whether she'd be interested to work as a scab.

"What she said is, 'We could protect your identity.  No one would ever know.  It would be completely secret.  No one would ever find out,' " Patrick recalled as she picketed in front of ABC's W. 66th Street studio, where All My Children is taped.

The inquiry simply infuriated Patrick, who declined the offer.

"The more heinous the producers behave, the angrier I get," the All My Children writer told The Los Angeles Times.

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in reply to Michelle Patrick ummm, you mean the media pig-like conglomerate for which you work ? (worked ?) Or are they less pig-like when they capitulate to unionized extortion. OR, is it all about the $$$.
Can you make THAT clear? (insert sound of Jeopardy theme song here) JHC

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I was NOT "infuriated" by the producer's offer. She was just doing her job as a lowly serf on the fiefdom of the media robber barons. I was flattered by her offer, but explained that I had to decline in support of my union. I suggested that she would do the same, in my position. I am infuriated, not by the offer of one struggling producer, but by the greed and arrogance of the Media piglike conglamorates. I want to make that clear.

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