CALIFORNIA—Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Katie Porter today joined the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and other community members picketing outside Amazon Studios in Culver City. Porter arrived straight from the airport after a week of votes in Washington to show her support for the thousands of writers striking for higher pay and better workplace protections. She is the first candidate running for the U.S. Senate from California to picket alongside Hollywood writers since the strike began earlier this month.
“Industry transformation is too often used as an excuse to leave workers behind,” said Porter. “I stand with the thousands of writers striking for better pay and stronger workplace protections, and I was proud to join so many of them on the picket line today. Every American should be compensated fairly for their work, including in a changing economy.”
Porter has been a consistent champion for workers and consumers. She recently helped reintroduce the PRO Act, landmark legislation to empower workers by protecting the right to organize and bargain collectively. Alongside Unite Here Local 11, Porter urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to audit a hotel conglomerate that laid off thousands of workers despite accepting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars meant to keep workers on payroll. She also demanded answers from the CEO of AT&T following reports of unsafe working conditions at a call center in Orange County.
Porter has received widespread praise from Democrats, labor unions, good government advocates, and progressive groups since announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Led by a team of seasoned campaign veterans from across the state, her campaign raised an eye-popping $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2023 and the most small dollar donations of any candidate running for the U.S. Senate from California.
Porter’s campaign also released a poll of California voters likely to participate in the 2024 election for U.S. Senate. It shows Porter has a double-digit lead in a likely top-two general election contest if it were held today. In a head-to-head matchup, Porter leads significantly among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. The same survey shows Porter would be the likely top finisher from a June primary contest with other potential Republican and Democratic candidates. You can read the poll memo here.