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N ow that the industry-wide strikes have been settled and productions are resuming, I will unleash the thoughts I held back while the strikes were still ongoing. But first, a big congratula- tions to the leaders and the membership of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA. From a union NOW, IT'S OUR TURN WE LENT OUR SUPPORT TO TWO STRIKES THAT RESULTED IN GAINS FOR WORKERS. HERE'S WHY THAT MATTERED. P H OT O : D E V E R I L L W E E K E S leadership perspective, it could not have been easy to deal for months with the pres- sure put upon you. You held the livelihoods of so many in your hands – not just your members, but those of our other union kin as well. I have great empathy for what you must have been going through and a great deal of respect for your ability to weath- er the storm. M y r e s p e c t e x t e n d s b e y o n d t h e leadership of those guilds and is even m o re e x p a n s i v e w h e n i t c o m e s to t h e workers who sacrif iced their incomes to stand together and fight for what you needed to preserve the f uture of your livelihoods. You gave up a lot to secure your future, and your willingness to take on that fight is commendable. The ramif ications for our industry, including the road to recovery and the potential new business models that may result, I will leave to others to debate. I am focusing on our future negotiations and what these strikes have brought to the table. The strikes resulted in very challenging times for our members. Many suffered a loss of income that will take some time to 9 W I N T E R Q 4 I S S U E F R O M C A T H Y R E P O L A , N A T I O N A L E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R

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