I do believe they're w/r/i/t/e right, and that's both because I am a union maid until the day I die, and because it makes a lot of economic sense. The writers are the front lines...creative support staff, actors, everyone in the process other than the bean counters may well get frakked in their future negotiations if the writers don't win....
Many thanks to apostle_of_eris for these links:
1) Funny and pretty damned correct
2) Just Funny