100 Days Stronger — 2023 WGA Strike
The 2023 WGA strike reached 100 days on Wednesday, August 9, and WGA members walked the picket lines at lots throughout the city with the same resolve as Day One.
We asked members what kept them fighting. As you can see from the member voices and photos below, our solidarity remains unbreakable.
See our 100 Days Stronger Strike Video.
“Just seeing all the incredible support we’re getting from people who are trying to get into the Guild, to build careers for new writers that are trying to make a career out of it, that has really inspired me. I’m out here so I can create a path forward for people to enjoy the career that I have had. It is so important to build up writers, to get them really involved in everything that we’re doing, to really teach them the craft of writing, how to produce, and all of that. That’s really why I’m out here.”
- David Paul Francis, WGAW member for 10 years.
“I am more resolved because of the community we have had here not just from our own union, but from our sibling unions joining us. I think that we have a resolve that we will be out here another 100 days just to fight for what’s fair, and I am looking forward to staying WGA strong forever.”
- Emily Cheever-Mallonee, Disney Assistant Lot Coordinator, WGAW member for 2 and a half years.
“The depth of solidarity on this picket line is off the charts compared to any other strike I’ve been through, and it grows every day. What I hear from these writers more and more is how righteous our cause is, how wrong the companies are, and how we are not going back until we get a fair contract. I haven’t heard a breath of dissent. The companies are the ones who are being unrealistic. In the end, they’re going to have to do something because we aren’t going back until they do.”
- Phil Alden Robinson, WGAW member for 43 years.
- Katherine DiSavino, NBCUniversal Lot Coordinator, WGAW member for 5 years.
"Now a curtain has been pulled back, and we’ve seen the AMPTP fumble the ball with their messaging so many times. To have the stakes laid bare, to see and reckon with the fact that this is our place in history and to see that the people who have struck who have come before us have also been faced with the exact same things. There’s just no other option than to keep going."
- Taylor Orci, Netflix Lot Captain, WGAW member for 4 years.
“There’s the growing rage. The AMPTP forced us to go on strike, and it didn’t make any sense monetarily. Here we are on Day 100, and they’re playing games. Even if you don’t care about this business at all, and you care about money, what are you doing? It doesn’t make any sense. Every day I get madder and madder about that. We’re all here because we love television and movies. The concept of Hollywood is something that we all came here to contribute to, and there are a bunch of tech companies who don’t give a shit about it.”
- Haley Harris, Paramount Lot Coordinator, WGAW member for 7 years.
"It’s the total disregard from the AMPTP to offer a fair negotiation even though it seems like there are reasonable people on both sides. The Guild has been good to both of us, so we've got to be here for as long as it takes."
- Steve Sullivan and Ursula Ziegler, WGA members for 36 years.
"All that the 100 days has done is proven that we are incredibly strong, that we are incredibly together, that there’s no breaking of our guild, that there’s no breaking our lines. We all understand across the board in this union that this is a fight we have to fight not only for us, but for the next generation of writers. This career could potentially not exist if we don‘t stand together and hold the line."
- Susan Hurwitz Arneson, Sony Lot Coordinator, WGAW member for 11 years.
“The fact that the studios have basically not come back to the table in 100 days shows me that we were right to be out here, and we’re right to call them out for the fact that they were never negotiating with us in good faith. If this is what they need us to do to show our power, if this is what they need us to do to show them that we deserve a fair contract, then that’s what we’re going to do. Nothing about their actions or what they’ve done have made me feel like it’s time to give up the fight. It’s only time to fight harder."
- Ariana Jackson, Television City Lot Coordinator, WGA member for 7 years.
“We haven’t come this far to only come this far. That’s the bottom line. We’re going to stay here and we’re going to get it done. On the first day, I was asked, ‘How long are you guys going to be there?’ and I said ‘As long as it takes.’ My resolve has been solid from the beginning. We ain’t leaving. We just ain’t quitting. We have to win this.”
- J.T. Allen, Warner Bros Lot Captain, WGA member for 34 years.