In his first remarks regarding the strike that started last week, President Joe Biden stated on Monday that he hopes a deal is reached “as soon as possible” for the Hollywood television and screenwriters on strike.
“Nights like these are a reminder of stories and the importance of treating storytellers with the dignity, respect, and value they deserve,” Biden said in remarks he made at a White House screening of “American Born Chinese,” a celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. “I sincerely hope that the writers’ strike in Hollywood ends and that they receive the fair compensation they are due as soon as possible.”
The Guild of America, a union representing 11,500 authors, is at odds with studios and production firms over wages, the amount of time writers are employed on shows and movies, and the future of screenwriting in light of artificial intelligence (AI).
"I sincerely hope the strike gets resolved, and writers are given a fair deal as soon as possible. This is an iconic, meaningful American industry & we need the writers—and all the workers—to tell the stories of our nation, and the stories of all of us." – @POTUS #WGAStrong #1u pic.twitter.com/cyH7HrTK6G
— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) May 9, 2023
Following last week’s statement by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre that the government would not comment on the matter, the president made his remarks.
During a White House briefing, Jean-Pierre stated, “You’ve heard us say many times before that we don’t speak to an ongoing strike.”
“But generally… President Biden strongly supports employees’ right to strike, said Jean-Pierre. Again, we call on both parties to remain at the table.
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He told the audience, “This is an iconic, significant American industry.” And to tell the stories of our country and each of us individually, we need the help of all the writers, workers, and participants.