September 18, 2023

Statement in Support of Unions on Strike: UAW, SAG-AFTRA, and WGA


Democrats Abroad stand in firm solidarity with the dedicated members of the United Auto Workers (UAW), Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and the Writers Guild of America (WGA), who are currently on strike.

These brave individuals, spanning various industries, have taken a courageous stance to demand fair wages, safe working conditions, and essential benefits vital to their livelihoods and the broader principles of economic justice and workers' rights.

For UAW members who tirelessly build the backbone of our automotive industry, your demands for equitable compensation, improved working conditions, and job security resonate with us. Your skills and dedication have powered the automobile sector for generations, and your pursuit of a just contract reflects your unwavering commitment to a better future for all workers.

For SAG-AFTRA members, the talented actors, and media professionals who entertain and inform us, your fight for fair compensation, reasonable working hours, and safer sets is a testament to your resilience and the belief that everyone deserves to work in an environment free from harm and exploitation. Your performances enrich our lives, and we stand with you in ensuring your well-being.

For WGA members, the creative minds behind our favorite films, television shows, and digital content, your demands for fair compensation, creative autonomy, and respect for your craft mirror the creative spirit that drives our industry. Your stories have the power to shape culture, and we support your pursuit of fair compensation for your creative contributions.

As these three prominent unions rally for their rights, they remind us that collective action is essential for achieving fairness and equality in the workplace. Their struggles are not isolated incidents but part of a broader movement to ensure that every worker receives fair treatment, regardless of their industry.

We call upon employers, producers, and industry leaders to engage in good-faith negotiations and work with these unions to reach mutually beneficial agreements that respect the dignity and contributions of their members. We hope such contracts will benefit the workers and exemplify how collaborative efforts can create lasting societal change.

We must unite to support workers advocating for their rights and dignity in such times. We applaud the UAW, SAG-AFTRA, and WGA members for their resilience and determination in the face of adversity, and we stand with them in their pursuit of fair treatment and justice.