NCFO PRESIDENT DEAN DEVITA SUPPORTS STRIKING SAG-AFTRA AND WRITERS GUILD MEMBERS
I am writing to express the NCFO unwavering support for the ongoing strike by SAG-AFTRA and WRITERS GUILD of AMERICA (East & West) members. As an avid fan and consumer of the entertainment industry, I firmly believe in the fair treatment and equitable compensation of all those involved in bringing our favorite films, TV shows, and plays to life.
Over the years, actors and writers have played an integral role in shaping our cultural landscape and have brought countless stories to audiences around the world. Their talent, dedication, and creativity are the driving forces behind the success of the entertainment industry. Therefore, it is disheartening to witness the numerous challenges they face, including unfair wages, long working hours, lack of job security, and insufficient representation.
While I understand that negotiations between the industry and the unions can be complex and challenging, I implore you to consider the underlying issues that have led to this strike. It is crucial to address the concerns of actors and writers to ensure a thriving and sustainable industry that values its creative workforce.
Fair compensation is not just a matter of financial stability for these artists, but also a recognition of their invaluable contributions to the success of any production. They deserve an equitable portion of the profits generated by their talent and hard work. Moreover, improved working conditions and job security will not only benefit the individuals involved but also enhance the overall quality of the entertainment we all enjoy.
As we have been dealing with Wall Street where Railroads are concerned, we have learned that the greed in our entertainment industry is at the same level as evident in Hollywood’s highest paid executives in the last five years:
- David Zaslav $498 Million
- Ari Emanuel $346 Million
- Reed Hastings $209 Million
Their average pay has trended upward while salaries for screenwriters dropped by 14%. That is why working people are on strike! This week, our NCFO baristas at Sunergos Coffee were on strike for similar concerns with pay & working conditions.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I hope for a swift resolution that upholds the rights and well-being of actors and writers. I look forward to witnessing positive changes that will shape the future of the entertainment industry for the better.
President Dean Devita
The NCFO is an affiliate of 32BJ SEIU,the Service Employees International Union, which has 2.1 million members dedicated to raising industry standards, making life better for working families and our communities, and building a fair economy.