Hollywood writers are striking over low wages caused by streaming boom

Striking Writers Rally At Time Warner Center In New York
The 2007 writers’ strike (pictured above) lost California an estimated $2.1 billion and was credited with tipping the state into a recession. | Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

As of today, thousands of Hollywood television and movie writers are going on strike for the first time in 15 years.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) voted unanimously to strike on Tuesday after contract negotiations with the major Hollywood studios collapsed. The WGA is attempting to secure higher wages and better working conditions from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) — a group representing around 350 major studios and streaming services like Netflix, Disney, Amazon, Apple, and Sony — for the thousands of movie and television writers the union represents. Picket lines are expected to form starting Tuesday afternoon.

The last WGA strike in 2007 and 2008 lasted 100 days and was credited with tipping…

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