Members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and SAG-AFTRA are on strike against the companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents major studios and streamers including Amazon, Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. Discovery.
AFT Massachusetts stands in solidarity with the tens of thousands of film and television writers, actors, and other media professionals who are striking to obtain a contract that fully values their labor.
“Film and television workers create works of art that inspire our students to reach their full potential, reflect our diverse experiences on the screen, and help us relax at the end of a long day. But when multibillion-dollar entertainment corporations reap immense profits but refuse to adequately compensate the labor that produces those profits, they create an industry that exploits workers,” said AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos. “It’s wrong that Hollywood CEOs are making millions while workers struggle to pay their rent or provide for their families. AFT Massachusetts stands with film workers in Massachusetts and across the country in their fight to see their labor valued.”
“The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, as well as the Teamsters’ UPS contract campaign, are part of a larger movement across this country. Working people in Massachusetts and throughout the country are experiencing the rising cost of living while their wages remain stagnant. At the same time, those at the very top just get richer and richer,” said Kontos. “The labor movement is pushing back against the income inequality that is holding our country back, and fighting for solutions that ensure large, profitable corporations pay their fair share – to their employees, and for the public good.”