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  •  A scab is a person who does works while you (0+ / 0-)

    prefer them not to work.

    The WGA does not regard Stewart and Colbert as scabs.

    You regard Stewart and Colbert as scabs.

    Therefore, for your purposes, a scab is someone who works while you prefer them not to work. Your definition of scab does not include the judgement of union leadership.

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      chumley, Shahryar, Pris from LA

      a scab is a person who returns to work.  And, striking writers do perfer that these shows not be on AND they are picketing them.

      •  Jon is not in the union (0+ / 0-)

        If he were in the striking union, and returning to work while his union continued striking, tehn he would be a scab.

        Just so I am clear on your definition, please tell me how what categories of people have to honor a strike in order not to be a scab?

        •  He is a WGA member (0+ / 0-)

          as is Leno, O'Brien, Maher and Colbert.  They are all WGA members.

          A scab, by definition means that when you cross the picket line you do so to work.  Managers are more affectionately called "rats" while scab is reserved for those who are basically your contemporaries.

          PS, the WGA has not officially called them scabs.  They don't have to.  To set up a picket line where no picket line had existed is to force them into the category of scab.

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