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At this crucial moment in SAG-AFTRA negotiations, here’s some WGA history that SAG members should know.

In our 2007-08 strike, our leadership wanted to hold out a little bit longer to get the best deal. But 30 wealthy WGA members thought they knew better.🧵
These 30 wealthy writers drew a few of our leaders into an ambush meeting and told them: “You’re done.”

They insisted that we take the DGA deal or they would start scabbing.

The betrayal by these 30 wealthy writers — The Dirty 30 — forced WGA leaders to end our strike early.
And here’s the kicker: Guess what WGA leaders wanted to hold out for.

Better streaming residuals.
The bad streaming residual formula we were forced to accept became pattern for both SAG and AFTRA.

The Dirty 30 didn’t just screw us.

They screwed you, too.
Think how much better off we’d all be today if the Dirty 30 hadn’t betrayed their union.

That small group of wealthy writers is one of the reasons both the WGA and SAG-AFTRA had to go on strike this year.
So if a small group of your wealthy members starts trying to undermine your leaders because they think they know better — shut that shit down.

Make your voices heard and let your leaders know you have their backs. Give them the time to get this right.
Don’t let a few members stop your union from getting what you need and deserve — the deal your 114 day strike has earned.

Because if this dirty trick works, trust me: we’re all gonna pay for it.

#WGAStrong #SAGAFTRAStrong

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“Last Best and Final.”

Carol’s three favorite words — because they’re a classic unionbusting trick.

The WGA got “last best finaled,” and you know what we did? We kept right on negotiating for the AI protections we needed.

Because AMPTP rhetoric doesn’t change the facts.🧵
The fact is that the studios and streamers don’t want to quit the entertainment business. So they’re gonna have to make a deal at some point.

The fact is that they are desperate to get actors back to work before they lose any more money.
The fact is that while AI is a real danger to SAG-AFTRA members’ careers, the technology is not ready for prime time yet. Right now, the studios have no other choice but to make a deal with you.

And if SAG doesn’t lock down AI now, 2026 might be too late.
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A few high-profile members are pressing SAG-AFTRA negotiators to take a deal.

A unique challenge for Hollywood unions is that some members think success in *individual* negotiations makes them experts in union negotiations.

If anything, the opposite is true. Here’s why:🧵
When you get offered a job in Hollywood, that’s an individual negotiation. In this type of negotiation, the Venn diagram is two circles that are mostly overlapping.

You want to work for the company, they want to hire you, and you just need to settle a few issues to make a deal. A Venn diagram in which the circles labeled “Company” and “Worker” are mostly overlapping.
Because both parties in an individual negotiation *want* to work together, relationships and tone are very important.

The more a company wants to work with you, the more leverage you have to get a good deal.

Being too aggressive can piss people off and blow the whole thing up.
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Instead of negotiating in good faith, it seems studios, and their anti-union allies are using scare tactics and outright lies to try to trick SAG-AFTRA members into pressing their leaders to take a bad deal.

Don’t confuse their fiction with facts:🧵
“Money from the new streaming percentage would go to the Union, not the members.”

This is a b.s. scare tactic. *All* residuals go to the union, which processes them and sends you checks. Been this way for decades. This is nothing new and nothing to be afraid of.
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CEOs are used to being in rooms with people they can control. People who are afraid of them.

From the start of this negotiation, Fran has made it clear that they cannot control her — and she is not afraid of them.

That scares the shit out of CEOs and gives SAG-AFTRA power.
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This woman has survived cancer and sexual assault and been publicly authentic and vulnerable about both. You think she’s scared of David F. Zaslav?
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