LA unions join in support of striking Hollywood writers

"It's going to be a hot labor summer."


On Friday, union workers from across Los Angeles turned out to support striking Hollywood film and television writers. According to Reuters, the participating unions represent over 200,000 workers whose collective bargaining agreements are also due to expire this year. 

The members came from different industries, including tourism and hospitality, teachers, logistics workers, and public employees. 

The executive secretary of the California Labor Federation told the crowd, "It's going to be a hot labor summer." She continued, "It's your strength in standing together that's going to ensure the next generation of workers have the ability to live."

"Everybody feels like they are getting eaten alive in some way," one of the writers, Danielle Roderick, said. She added that "everybody not taking it," in hopes that the writer strike would lead a movement. 

Earlier this month, negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the major entertainment studios fell apart, causing the first WGA strike in 15 years. In their complaint, the writers said that the boom in streaming content has caused writers to work more house for less money. 

Late-night shows were the first to go off the air. 

"I love writing. I love writing for TV. I love writing this show," Late-night host Seth Meyers said at the time. "I love that we get to come in with an idea for what we want to do every day and we get to work on it all afternoon and then I have the pleasure of coming out here. No one is entitled to a job in show business. But for those people who have a job, they are entitled to fair compensation. They are entitled to make a living. I think it’s a very reasonable demand that’s being set out by the guild. And I support those demands."

The minimum salary for a TV writer-producer is between $206,480 and $259,420 on a 35-40 week contract. Streaming writers typically have 20-24 week contracts and make a minimum between $148,240 and $177,888. 

Reuters reports that there are no talks scheduled at this time. The Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP) claims they already offered "generous" raises to writers.


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