Two big Hollywood unions – the Writers Guild of America, which went on strike in May, and the Screen Actors Guild, which walked out in July – have joined forces against the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers. The unions are seeking better pay and protections to make sure their members’ work won’t be replaced by artificial intelligence. These powerful unions joined forces once before, in 1960. This short video puts this year’s strikes in historical context.

CHRISTIAN COLÓN, a Retro Report intern, is a student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where he is studying documentary filmmaking.