The cast of the One Chicago shows have joined the SAG-AFTRA strike. They have not only ceased work on their respective shows, but they have taken to the streets in different cities to show their support for what they feel are unjust working conditions.
While many of the One Chicago cast members, including S. Epatha Merkerson and Sophia Bush, posted supportive messages on social media, there have been others who have decided to pick up a sign and spend hours alongside their fellow actors (and writers). Here are some of the familiar faces who have done so.
Jessy Schram, who plays Dr. Hannah Asher on Chicago Med, posted a collection of photos from the picket lines in Los Angeles, California. She also posted a lengthy message that described not only the importance but the necessity of going on strike.
“We don’t want to be striking- but absolutely have to,” she wrote in the caption. “I’ve been a SAG member since 1997. I’ve always felt the protection of my union and feel lucky and proud that it continues to fight to protect me and 159,000+ entertainers, to continue making chasing dreams and making a living- safely, financially and respectfully- in this world we call show business.”
Steven Weber, who co-stars alongside Schram on Chicago Med, posted a selfie alongside other actors on the picket line. Weber previously released a longer statement about the strike and the implications it will have on the future of show business.
This is nothing new for One Chicago. On May 17, 14 East Magazine reported that WGA members (the ones behind the writers strike) picketed outside the NBC Tower in Illinois, and that many of them were writers for the franchise. “Get up, get down, Chicago is a union town,” the writers were allegedly chanting.
The impact has already been felt. One Chicago has been delayed until 2024, and there hasn’t been any major strides made between SAG-AFTRA, WGA and the studios they are trying to negotiate with.
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