The Service Employees International Union has been one of the WGA’s most ardent non-pro supporters in the strike, encouraging its members to join WGA picket lines in L.A. and Gotham and mounting the “Hey studios, do the write thing” billboard campaign. Below are two blog posts from SEIU rank-and-file-ers who’ve recently joined WGA events.
Their Struggle is My Struggle by Ursula Epps
I like to watch TV when I have time, shows like “Heroes” and “Bionic Woman,” “Saving Grace” and “Sopranos” reruns. This week, I met some of those writers on the picket line.
I’ve lived in Los Angeles most of my life, and I thought writers like them were very wealthy individuals. But after talking to some of them, I realize they can be unemployed for three to 18 months at a time between writing jobs. I can see why it’s important for them to receive royalties from DVDs and the Internet. The big studios are paying their corporate CEOs millions every year. And they say they don’t have enough money to pay their other employees for what they do? Without writers, these corporations wouldn’t have their profit. They are the ones who write these excellent shows and movies. If we can hold these corporations accountable to make sure employees have health insurance and decent salaries, it would improve the quality of our overall community health. I’m sticking with the writers, and I hope they stick together. Their picket line is our community’s.
Ursula Epps is a registered nurse in Los Angeles and a member of SEIU Local 721. She joined with more than 400 SEIU members to support the Nov. 20 WGA march and rally on Hollywood Boulevard.