WGA Rallies With L.A. Unions: ‘It’s Going to Be a Hot Labor Summer’

Los Angeles unions rallied on Friday night in a present of assist for the Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike for the final 4 weeks.

The unions — representing lodge employees, lecturers and state staff — shared the stage throughout from Crypto.com Arena in downtown L.A. with representatives from the Hollywood guilds.

“It’s going to be a hot labor summer,” mentioned Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, government director of SAG-AFTRA. “Your fight is our fight. Our fight is your fight. We are all in this together.”

SAG-AFTRA has referred to as a strike authorization vote because it seems to be to realize leverage for its negotiations, which start on June 7. The SAG-AFTRA contract expires on June 30.

Many actors and performers have additionally joined the writers in a present of assist on the picket traces.

Meredith Stiehm, the president of WGA West, mentioned the solidarity has “really buoyed us.”

“It could be a long summer,” she mentioned in an interview. “People’s morale has been great. They’ve been out there and making it fun and funny and having good spirits about it. But it’s pretty serious business.”

The WGA strike started on May 2, a day after talks collapsed with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The AMPTP is at the moment negotiating with the Directors Guild of America, which was not represented on stage on the rally.

Stiehm mentioned there isn’t any telling how lengthy the strike might final.

“We’ll wait for the AMPTP to come talk to us,” she mentioned. “We’re open every day. We’re available if the AMPTP wants to talk again. In the meantime, we’re striking. We’re demonstrating.”

Linsday Dougherty, the secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 399, was additionally available. Dougherty has turn out to be a star of the strike for her blunt rhetorical type. Addressing the group, she referred to the AMPTP as “the evil empire.”

“When we fight together, we win together,” she mentioned. “For all the bad employers out there… If you want to fuck around, you’re gonna find out.”

Liz Shuler, the nationwide president of the AFL-CIO, was additionally on stage, together with Yvonne Wheeler, the president of the L.A. County Federation of Labor, and Rusty Hicks, the chair of the California Democratic Party.

After the rally, the group of tons of of union members marched a block up Figueroa Street.

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