A posting on the Writers Guild of America Web site said the rally was the largest in the guild's 74-year history. Speakers at the event included WGA West President Patric Verrone, chief negotiator David Young and negotiating committee chair John Bowman.
"Every gain this guild has ever made -- pension and health, residuals, jurisdiction -- has been the result of people like you sacrificing their immediate interest for the greater good of the community. And we are a community. We help each other, and support each other, and that's what we're doing here today," Bowman is quoted on the WGA Web site as saying.
Seth MacFarlane, creator and show-runner of Fox's animated "Family Guy" series, said most writers aren't wealthy.
"They're middle class," McFarlane said. "They live in homes that look to me like the home I grew up in, and my parents were teachers."
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