SAG-AFTRA Statement in Support of WGA Negotiations
National Board Votes Unanimously to Pass Resolution of Support
Saturday, April 22, 2023

The SAG-AFTRA National Board today voted unanimously to pass the following resolution in support of WGA negotiations with the AMPTP:

WHEREAS, history shows that fairness and equity to the workers who power the creativity of the entertainment industry has only been achieved through solidarity and the efforts of those workers working within their labor unions and guilds; and

WHEREAS, changes in the economics of the entertainment industry have worked to the great benefit of large corporate employers and in many cases to the detriment of the creators who make their businesses possible; and

WHEREAS, workers are stronger when they stand together united, and the unions that represent them are more powerful working and collaborating together; and

WHEREAS, after weeks of bargaining, it is time for the employers in our industry to step up and make meaningful changes to fairly compensate writers and to acknowledge their unique needs and concerns, along with the concerns shared by all artists and workers in the industry;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the National Board that SAG-AFTRA stands strongly in support and solidarity with the members of the Writers Guild of America who are engaged in contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. It is long past time for the studios, streamers, and other employers in the entertainment industry to remove roadblocks to fair and equitable wages and working conditions, and to agree to terms that reflect the unique worth and contribution of creative talent and workers, without whom the industry would not exist.

SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland with WGA Assistant Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Ellen Stutzman at WGA negotiations at AMPTP in Sherman Oaks, CA on April 21, 2023.