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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