But hey, it's getting there. Talk about shows, talk about the entertainment industry labor actions, talk about the intersection of the two, do whatever, follow your bliss
Personally, I have been thinking about collective bargaining's unique way of allowing employees to have a direct say in matters of operation.
When one is negotiating on their own behalf directly with management, at your annual review or whatever, one can generally only
negotiate for an increase in pay. Maybe an expansion of pre-existing benefits. And that's... Kind of it.
But a union? A union gets to say things like, "You need to modify your entire fleet of vehicles to provide air-conditioning," if they're UPS. The fuck's one delivery driver gonna do to get management to retrofit an entire fleet? But a union,
well. Now we're talking.
For the Writer's Guild, a lot of our concerns go beyond our paychecks and our healthcare plans. In our still-technically-ongoing labor action, we were also able to agitate for things that will make the art we create better for you.
We can see the impacts corporate policies have already had on the medium, the deleterious effect bad business has had on good art. Bosses loyal to shareholders over customers (e.g., every CEO of any sufficiently large company) have absolutely no interest in or care for "product quality." It's a box on a spreadsheet, they don't actually give a shit how good the product is. Union action is a way to make
them care - or at least get out of the way of the people who do.
Anyway. TV's cool, strikes are cool, unions rule, etc.