Stage, television, and screen actors have been famously unionized for decades, and the Screen Actors Guild just resolved a messy contract dispute with producers. So, it makes perfect sense that a new online campaign features forty-seven award-winning actors in support of the Employee Free Choice Act.

The star-studded video from Artists for Workers Choice is chockfull of members of SAG, AFTRA, and Actors Equity. And it’s a union-made production, including the participation of American Federation of Musicians, Writers Guild, Directors Guild, and IATSE members.

In the fast-paced montage, many famous faces explain:

This is not a red state issue. Or a blue state issue. It’s a workers’ issue. Please join me, and working people everywhere, in supporting a real change in labor law because it’s time the economy worked for everyone.

A press release issued by Artists for Workers Choice lets Jerry Stiller add an exclamation point to the message:

I’ve belonged to three unions in my life, and every one gave me the freedom to bargain with my co-workers for decent hours, benefits and safe conditions. . . . If all workers don’t have the freedom to form unions, I don’t see how we can fix our economy.

Stiller appears alongside a long list of other union actors. Who’s on that list? Glad you asked:

F. Murray Abraham, Polly Adams, David Alan Basche, P.J. Benjamin, Amy Brenneman, Kate Burton, Gabrielle Carteris, James Cromwell, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, John Cunningham, Emilio Delgado, Andre DeShields, Kevin Dobson, Mike Farrell, Sam Freed, Ed Fry, Jason George, Nancy Giles, Elliott Gould, Holter Graham, Valerie Harper, Don Hastings, Gregory Jbara, Anne-Marie Johnson, S. Marc Jordan, Kevin Kilner, Michele Lee, Kate Linder, James Lurie, Richard Masur, Anne Meara, Esai Morales, Robert Newman, Kathleen Noone, Nancy Opel, Robert Pine, Roberta Reardon, Sam Robards, Alan Rosenberg, Ned Schmidtke, Charles Shaughnessy, Chris Shiflett, Kate Shindle, Connie Stevens, Jerry Stiller, Paul F. Tompkins and Mark Zimmerman.

[An expanded version of this post appears on La Figa.]

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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