03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WGA Lead Neogotiator May Be Out Of His League

For the past month, striking screenwriters have placed their faith in veteran union organizer David Young, who cut his teeth rallying garment workers, carpenters and other blue-collar trades. But as the strike enters a crucial phase, Mr. Young faces a test of his core strategy: applying traditional labor tactics to a Hollywood creative guild whose members range from millionaires to part-time waiters.

Thus far, Mr. Young has taken a hard line against the studios in his role as lead negotiator for 12,000 striking members of the Writers Guild of America. And he has surprised the entertainment industry by organizing a unified, highly visible and noisy strike by the writers -- a group that has in the past often behaved like a dispassionate collection of white-collar professionals, not a cohesive, militant union.

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