leno.jpgIt appears the striking Hollywood writers are breaking ranks and looking to negotiate individual deals with individual production houses. Will that work for the striking workers? It’s too early to tell.

But it’s never a good idea to step away from a bigger bargaining unit in order to save your own job. There is, after all, strength in numbers.

This past weekend, striking writers who work on David Letterman’s show said they were willing to negotiate with the late night talk show host’s production company.

And today, as if emboldened by the move, Associated Press reported that other late night talk shows think they can do a show without writers:

“Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien’s late-night shows will return to the air with fresh episodes on January 2 after two months of repeats due to the writers’ strike, the network said Monday.The “Tonight” show and “Late Night” will return without writers supplying jokes. NBC said the decision was similar to 1988, when Johnny Carson brought back the “Tonight” show two months into a writers’ strike.”

There is nothing harder than being on strike and losing your paycheck. It hurts more than anyone can imagine. But there is something to be said about standing firm and keeping the ranks together. How else can workers get what they want? It’s all about power folks…and who will blink first.

Will it be production studio executives or the Hollywood writers?

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