We told you on Wednesday about the strike by the writers of E!’s Fashion Police!
Well, in case you were wondering how the network is responding to the labor dispute, here is an internal memo from President Suzanne Kolb to all E! employees, in its entirety:
“I want to make sure you are aware of a work action taking place on ‘Fashion Police.’ We are disappointed that the WGA has called a strike and some of the ‘Fashion Police’ writers have chosen to vacate their positions. It’s unfortunate given that we have taken every action to expedite an election for these writers to decide if they wish to have a bargaining representative, which is the NLRB process that E! and the Guild followed for two other shows now under WGA agreements. In fact, if the WGA had taken the same path as they did with ‘The Soup’ and ‘Chelsea Lately,’ we would be well into negotiations toward a deal at this time. We are hopeful the ‘Fashion Police’ writers will choose to follow the same process and if the writers vote for Guild representation, we are prepared to sit down immediately with WGA representatives in the hopes of reaching a fair agreement.”
Apparently it’s the position of Ms. Kolb that E! is waiting at the table, and the union is stalling talks now.
But E! wants to be clear that Joan Rivers supports the writers’ right to organize! They released a statement saying:
“As a point of clarification, Joan Rivers has gone on record repeatedly that she supports the ‘Fashion Police’ writers and wants a fair agreement for them.”
So if everyone wants a fair agreement, why isn’t there one? Something tells us someone isn’t as willing to talk as they say!
Until then, fashion will just have to police itself!
[Image via Try CW/WENN.]