Los Angeles – The following statement is the Writers Guild of America West's (WGAW) response to the House passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act:
“We applaud Chair Bobby Scott and the House of Representatives for passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act today. The PRO Act will return power to workers, reversing the decades-old assault on workers’ rights, perpetuated by existing labor laws and resulting in unprecedented levels of inequality.
Hollywood represents one of the few remaining highly unionized industries in the country. Writers know well the benefits of working under a union contract and exerting their collective power to negotiate for fair wages and benefits, while fighting for workplace protections and pushing back against predatory employment practices. Once passed, the PRO Act will ensure that more working people are able to exercise their right to join together with their colleagues.
The outpouring of support from leaders in Washington and the brave organizing efforts of workers across the country, are evidence of a resurging labor movement. While the Writers Guild has supported similar bills in Congress over the years, with pro-worker majorities in Congress and leadership in the White House, the country is now ready for the PRO Act.”
The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.