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August 30, 2023IM -
On August 22, a historic day of solidarity took place across the nation as AFL-CIO affiliates from all industries joined in rallies with members of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Writers Guild of America (WGA). The streets echoed with support for the striking actors and writers as musicians, teachers, teamsters, nurses, and retail and hotel workers attended rallies.
New York City streets were abuzz with musicians and labor advocates as they championed their striking colleagues and all union workers. AFM Local 802 (New York City) President Sara Cutler gave a rousing speech as the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet added music to the gathering. At one point, marchers formed a picket line that stretched two full blocks outside the Manhattan corporate offices of Amazon and HBO.
At City Hall in Philadelphia, supporters held signs that read “Philly Is a Union Town.” SAG-AFTRA member Lou Pacheco sang a selection from the opera Turandot to demonstrate that the unions aren’t giving up. “We shall be victorious!” Pacheco shouted as he finished the song.
Hundreds more filled Teamsters Local 728 Union Hall in Atlanta where AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler headlined the Day of Solidarity rally with thousands of union members in attendance.
Near Walt Disney Company’s Burbank, California, headquarters, more than 3,000 union members gathered—buoyed by impassioned speeches from actors, writers, and other activists. AFM Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) President Stephanie O’Keefe was among the many impassioned guest speakers at the rally, which also included SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Yvonne Wheeler, other labor officials, and actors Kerry Washington, Martin Sheen, and Ron Perlman.
The rally marked the 113th day on strike by Writers Guild of America members, and 40th day on strike by SAG-AFTRA members.