Sunday September 24, 2023 marks the 146th day of the writers’ strike. On Thursday our negotiating committee had called for “all hands on deck” on Friday morning, or day 144 as we remember it. Friday ended up being the last picket of the 2023 strike. This evening, we have been told we have a tentative agreement, and I couldn’t be happier. I hope the deal helps SAG-AFTRA in its labor action, and 3 years from now perhaps it will be of assistance to the DGA in their next round of negotiations.
What a day what a day what a day. I feel relief. Thank you for this post, as ever. You are awesome.
Mazel tov to the WGA. The deal sounds about as good as it can be without also getting the impossible -- inside the streamers’ black boxes of viewership.
Two reminders for the youngs from ancient times:
Abraham Lincoln: A house divided cannot stand. Likewise, we’re stronger united.
And an important reality: the truth is that when the little people do well -- like a living wage for all full time work, which ~25% aren’t paid -- the overall economy does well. Besides the documentation behind that reality, the huge tell is that the arguments against it are BS, fantasies, and lies. That is, fact-free.
So again, props to the WGA (and SAG/AFTRA) on the success that couldn’t be had without a strong union.