Starting Tuesday, TV and film writers went on strike against major Hollywood studios – Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Discovery-Warner, NBC Universal, Paramount, and Sony – for failing to come to an agreement on a new three-year contract. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) says studios want to erode worker protections to create a “gig economy inside a union workforce.”

The WGA is demanding higher compensation, healthcare benefits, and pensions for better financial stability. With streaming becoming more and more popular, studios are multiplying profits but writers receive only a small percentage – sometimes pennies – for their work on streaming platforms.

Especially when studio CEOs are making salaries in the hundreds of millions, no writer should live paycheck to paycheck. The WGA was one of the first labor unions to endorse our Beyond Recovery platform, and UTLA supports their righteous strike.