With the WGA strike over as of Tuesday night, reactions have been coming in steadily. Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, issued a statement early this morning and called it “the first major strike of the 21st Century.”
SEIU had been among the more active supporters of the 14-week strike among non-entertainment unions. Here’s Stern’s entire statement:
“As the writers celebrate their victory in the first major strike of the 21st century, the Writers Guild of America has shown us that when workers stand united and unions demonstrate leadership and courage, we all win.
“This is not our grandfathers’ economy. Today’s global marketplace asks creativity and forward-thinking from us all. As new technologies continue to change our country and the world around us, we need to ensure that all working people are justly rewarded for their work. SEIU members asked the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to do the ‘write’ thing – the solution crafted by the Writers Guild and the AMPTP has forged a new path in this direction.”