I believe organized labor is an important American institution and tradition in need of salvaging and celebrating. The same way I believe sailing should be taught and Tall Ships™ should be preserved and old houses ought to be restored. From the National Labor Relations Act:
America pays lip service to labor; since there are plenty of employers that provide health care and decent salaries and other benefits, we can pretend the "workers' revolution" is all done and there's no more need for those union things. Some unions have lost their own way, but not as much or as many as some in the media would have you believe. As a nation, we argue over the definition of torture and can't keep trade partners from suspending civil rights, so what's the point of someone who makes $80K trying to relate to people who get beat up after a ten-hour day because they didn't make enough Patriots' sweatshirts?
Sec. 7. [Sec. 157.] Employees shall have the right to self- organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection...
It's easy -- maybe even simple -- to be off-handed and smug and clever and cute about a writers' strike. (I hope no signs have spelling errors, because that'll be front-page everywhere.) And "It's not coal miners or farm workers. It's the people who write Saved By The Bell, innit?"