Screen Actors Guild members joined thousands of people in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to show solidarity with fellow unions. Since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched an attack on public sector unions’ right to collective bargaining, labor groups have been staging rallies around the country and gathering support to fight back. (See photo gallery below.)
Forty-three years ago, just before his assassination on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood with 1,300 Memphis sanitation workers to demand human rights, basic respect and collective bargaining to gain a better life. Today, hundreds of thousands of working people are taking the same stand- together.
SAG members Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Susan Sarandon (The Lovely Bones, Thelma & Louise) joined thousands of protesters Saturday in Madison, Wis. in support of union rights. The protest is believed to be the largest in the weeks since Gov. Scott Walker proposed a bill to strip public unions of their collective bargaining rights. Some estimates put the number of attendees as high as 100,000, larger than Madison’s anti-war rallies during the Vietnam era.
Screen Actors Guild member Bradley Whitford (Good Guys, The West Wing) and SAG and AFTRA National Board member Gabrielle Carteris (My Alibi, Beverly Hills, 90210), along with other SAG and AFTRA members, joined tens of thousands of protesters in Madison, Wis. on February 26, in a show of solidarity with Wisconsin workers.
In Wisconsin this week, workers, students, community allies and people of faith have joined together to stage massive protests against Governor Walker's budget proposal which would gut collective bargaining rights for 200,000 public workers. Tens of thousands of people are putting their everyday lives on hold to stand in solidarity.
Workers across the country — from Wisconsin to Indiana, Ohio, and beyond — are fighting back. In this still-struggling economy, our country needs one thing: more good jobs.
Screen Actors Guild was on hand at Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday to support legislative measures that will make it easier to film in the city of Los Angeles. The ordinance, drafted by City Councilmember Richard Alarcon will adjust the Entertainment Production cap from $2.5 million to $5 million, potentially allowing a number of production companies tax savings of more than $3,000 a year.