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The Hollywood Labor Strikes; Plus, the Latest on Current Labor Disputes in America

The issues behind these disputes and what impact they will have for future generations.


Picketers carry signs outside Paramount in Times Square on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in New York. The actors strike comes more than two months after screenwriters began striking in their bid to get better pay and working conditions and have clear guidelines around the use of AI in film and television productions.


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On July 14, 2023, the labor union SAG-AFTRA began a strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), joining the Writers Guild of America (WGA). This marks the second time since the 1960s that two Hollywood labor unions are striking simultaneously.

First, we speak with Dominic Patten, Senior Editor for Deadline Hollywood, who discusses the latest on the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the issues brought up by the unions, and the responses we've seen from the studios and producers.

Then, we're joined by Art Wheaton, Director of Labor Studies at Cornell University's ILR School, and Dr. Miranda Banks, Associate Professor from Loyola Marymount University, to share their thoughts on the Hollywood labor strikes, and other labor disputes in what's being called the "Hot Labor Summer".

Plus, Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, joins the conversation to discuss her participation in the SAG-AFTRA strike and thoughts on the issue of residual payments for actors.



Dominic Patten

  • Senior Editor, Deadline Hollywood

Art Wheaton

  • Director of Labor Studies, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Cornell University

Dr. Miranda Banks

  • Associate Professor and Chair of Film, Television and Media Studies, Loyola Marymount University
  • Author, The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild

Lea DeLaria

  • Actor, Comedian, and Jazz Singer

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