No SAG-AFTRA interactive media (video game) deal yet, but they’re gonna keep trying to reach one. 🎮
Do Rock Star Teachers Really Need A Union??? - A good explanation of why Rock Star teachers need protection. https://open.substack.com/pub/curmudgucation/p/do-rock-star-teachers-really-need?r=hcxf&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web #UnionStrong
'We Did It! Ex-WGAW President Howard A. Rodman Weighs in on Screenwriters' New Contract'
The 5AM StoryTalk guest contributor discusses our Guild's 'glorious' deal with the AMPTP, the cruelty of the companies that necessitated the strike, and the importance of collective bargaining in our culture.
Suspect in UAW strikers hit-and-run identified by police
by Joey Oliver
54 years ago, Flint UAW members were also on strike and didn’t come back for 136 days
by Ron Fonger
3 takeaways from Biden, Trump visits to Michigan during UAW strike
by Lindsay Moore
A lot of news outlets incorrectly reported that Trump was going to speak with (or to or at) union auto workers. The incorrectness may not even be their fault; maybe Trump's announced plan sounded that way.
But the reality is, he spoke at a NON-union truck parts factory.
Biden's actually walked the picket line.
I saw a complaint about leftists talking about supporting the UAW but also wanting to eliminate cars.
There's more than cars. There's also buses and trains. Transport vans. Wheelchair accessible vehicles.
I need to look up whether the UAW has anything to do with the manufacture and maintenance of these, but I hope some union does.
Also, cars are being produced right now, so there's a need for UAW right now. Elimination of cars is a possible future. We'll need unions for whatever people are doing in the future. So it's still good to support existing unions.
Except police unions. They're not really unions, they're associations, and they are extortionists. #UnionStrong #union #FairPay
Letter from the Editor: With autos in Michigan’s DNA, a strike is a story that affects us all
by John Hiner
The Gompers union story is a sad look at a school staff being bamboozled. https://tultican.com/2023/09/25/gompers-preparatory-academy-is-non-union/ #UnionStrong
The more I learn of the new contract the WGA won, the more glee fills my heart.
It is truly a wonderful thing to behold.
“To Our #SagAftraMembers:
SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP will meet for bargaining on Monday, Oct. 2. Several executives from AMPTP member companies will be in attendance. As negotiations proceed, we will report any substantiative updates directly to you.”
I made an orca’s picketing with #SAGAFTRAstrong and #WGAstrong design and you can get it from Threadless on t-shirts and more for adults and kids in various colors. All my proceeds go to The Entertainment Community Fund to support those impacted by the strikes.
UAW threatens more strike targets, talks with Big Three still active
by Lindsay Moore
So very happy to see #WGA and #AMPTP arrive at a tentative contract. 🥳 The Writers' Guild posted a PDF showing how it compares to when negotiations broke off earlier. An interesting read, and lets you see where various wins & concessions were made. 💪
It’s performative. Symbolic. #Ford wants the best they can get from the new contract but they know they will ultimately need to give the #UAW most of what they want. (#GM and #Stelantis know it too.) They needed to stake out their key ask: that #EV production can be done profitably for the long term.
It shouldn’t be hard to meet that standard.
#Michigan #UnionStrong https://social.iheartmichelle.com/@mlive_curated/111131788463502569
#wga contract terms are out and they are glorious #unionstrong
Several injured after UAW strikers hit by vehicle
by Joey Oliver, Ron Fonger, Roberto Acosta
At Gompers, a divide developed between the older teachers who opposed the union and the newer teachers who wanted a union. The older teachers won with the help of right-wing money. https://tultican.com/2023/09/25/gompers-preparatory-academy-is-non-union/ #UnionStrong
Credit for WGA proposed contract goes to WGA negotiators, strike captains, lot coordinators, WGA staff, unions in solidarity worked together to get the WGA to this point and fans and supporters.
In many ways, it's not done until both the striking unions have new contracts in place and then when in 2024 IATSE and Teamsters have a new contract in place.
This year we set the tone, next year we bring it home.
CEOs claim they just can't afford to adequately compensate employees for their work.
The writers' strike is over at 12:01 tonight, as the negotiating committee and both regional boards voted unanimously to support the tentative deal.
SAG-AFTRA still needs a deal, before any production can actually get back to work. Their picketing continues and still needs your support.
My submissive started a new job as the handyman at a local hotel a couple of weeks ago.
He had to go in on the weekend because a hot water pipe broke, and he needed to help the plumber with the repair.
I asked him what the arrangement was with him going in on his days off - if he got overtime, time in lieu, etc. He said that he didn't know because nobody had mentioned it to him.
This is a guy who has been a carpenter his whole life and only really worked for himself or doing contracting for other companies.. so I explained to him how workplaces will often take advantage of employees, especially early on in their job because it creates an expectation that you'll do more than you're being paid for.
...and you might want to look at joining a union. I can find out more information for you about that. That way you have some protection from them just using you without paying you properly..
Because you're the only one who gets to use me
“The WGA reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP. Today, our Negotiating Committee, WGAW Board, and WGAE Council all voted unanimously to recommend the agreement. The strike ends at 12:01 am. Check out our deal at https://www.wgacontract2023.org/deal “ #WGAStrong #WGAstrike #WritersStrike #UnionStrong #union #screenwriters
Trump UNION BUSTING Crew Inducted To HALL OF SHAME
#UAW #unionsprotectworkers #unionstrong
"But while Biden came at the invitation of union leaders, Trump was making his visit despite their warnings to stay away. And while Biden joined the picket line in solidarity with UAW members, Trump plans to deliver remarks at a nonunion shop."
President Biden is the first President in U.S. history to join a picket line. He's turned out to be the most progressive President of my lifetime.
I look forward to enthusiastically re-electing him and giving him large Congressional majorities so that he can enact the rest of his building back America better agenda.
"Wall Street didn't build the country, the middle class built the country! And unions built the middle class! That's a fact. So let's keep going. You deserve what you've earned, and you've earned a hell a lot more than what you're getting paid now!"
"President Joe Biden’s decision to stand alongside United Auto Workers pickets on Tuesday on the 12th day of their strike against major carmakers underscores support of labor unions that appears to be unparalleled in presidential history [...] Labor historians say they cannot recall an instance when a sitting president has joined an ongoing strike"
I belong to the National Writers Union and have been a dues paying member for 5 years. I’ve previously belonged to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Communications Workers of America, and the National Education Association.
#Unions exist to protect the workers from unfair and dangerous labor conditions, and that’s why the owners and investors hate them. Ask yourself, who’s really against this? The answer will tell you a lot about who to support and why.
“SAG-AFTRA Members Approve Video Game Strike Authorization Vote With 98.32% Yes Vote”
I’m not an organizer of this, but strike captains can get anything you need to know about this.
Standing in support of UAW & UAW Local 2250 workers on the picket line at the GM Assembly plant in Wentzville, MO. ✊🏻
When we read last week that auto workers were striking near where we were scheduled to perform in St. Louis, we were grateful for the opportunity to show up & give them our support in person.
We got to remind them that they have the support of people all over the country as they fight for fair wages and working conditions.
Tentative agreement reached!
“It’s an historic offer…”
Means: pay level from 1983.
“The pay is competitive…”
Means: the lowest possible level of pay.
"Best and final offer..."
Means: they want people to trade a good deal for a fast one.
Did you know that the CEO of General Motors, Mary T. Barra, is also on the board of The Walt Disney Company?
They are, and the UAW are quite literally up against the same people SAG-AFTRA and WGA are up against. Their fight is our fight.
Maybe concentrating wealth and power in only a few hands was a bad idea.
UAW Scores Early Victory In Big Three-Face Off
> The United Auto Workers’ unprecedented strategy to simultaneously target all three legacy carmakers is showing results.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2023-09-22/bloomberg-evening-briefing-uaw-scores-early-victory-in-big-three-face-off #UAW #strike #union #labor #solidarity #unionstrong
Biden to join the picket line in UAW strike
> “Tuesday, I’ll go to Michigan to join the picket line and stand in solidarity with the men and women of UAW as they fight for a fair share of the value they helped create,” Biden wrote on X
https://www.politico.com/news/2023/09/22/biden-to-join-the-picket-line-in-uaw-strike-00117749 #JoeBiden #UAW #strike #union #labor #solidarity #unionstrong
His decision to stand alongside the striking workers represents perhaps the most significant display of #union solidarity ever by a sitting president. #UnionStrong 💪🏼