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I'm incredibly proud of how transparent our union is. In the @WGAWest's strike announcement, we included a list of our proposals, and the AMPTP's responses. Read it for yourself: it explains in black and white we're forced to go on strike. ImageImage
We have proposals that would prevent the studios from eliminating the writers' room; they refused to discuss them. We have proposals to protect screenwriters from free work, that would have *COST THEM NOTHING TO IMPLEMENT*: They rejected them and offered an "educational meeting."
We proposed that comedy/variety and daytime writers on streaming have the same pay and protections as they do on TV. Instead, they offered us a minimum that would apply to virtually no shows on the air, oh and also, they're want to start paying you by the day.
We proposed that AI not be used to undermine our work; they rejected our proposal, and offered an "annual meeting to discuss advances in technology." Wow, a MEETING?!? Thank you ever so much!!

An insulting counter, just dripping with contempt.
"Rejected our proposal. Refused to counter. Rejected our proposal. Refused to counter. Rejected our proposal. Refused to counter."

We brought writers' desperate stories of not being able to make a living in this business anymore to the AMPTP, and that was their response.
The pattern is obvious: The proposals that they refuse to engage with are the ones that would protect writers the most. That would protect us from being turned into gig workers they pay by the day. We are fighting for nothing less than the survival of writing as a viable career.
So we're going on strike, to remind them that while our work has made them rich, without us they have nothing. It's going to be hard, but we're going to win, because we're going to stand together, be honest with each other, and fight for each other. And when we do that, we win.✊🏻

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