Press Release

AFL-CIO Stands in Strong Solidarity with WGAE and WGAW Members on Strike

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the announcement that Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) members are on strike:

The 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO stand in strong solidarity with members of the WGAE and the WGAW who went on strike this morning to fight for a fair contract that recognizes the tremendous value these writers bring to the entertainment industry. 

Writers are the lifeblood of film, television and other entertainment, and they deserve a fair contract that ensures these vital jobs pay family-supporting wages and include decent benefits like health care and retirement. Producers make billions in profits off the words that bring the magic of film and television to life for audiences in the United States and around the world. It’s deeply disappointing that Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) isn’t bargaining in good faith to deliver a fair contract. We call on the producers to immediately reach an agreement with the WGAE and the WGAW that respects the vital work the writers do to entertain millions of people every single day. 

Contact: Steve Smith, 202-637-5018