Hooray For Hollywood! The WGA and Studios Have Agreed to a New Contract
After 146 days, numerous back and forths, and the shutdown of almost all production in Hollywood, the WGA strike is reportedly finally over.
The writers’ guild and major studios have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, after five straight days of marathon negotiations.
“We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership,” the WGA’s negotiating committee wrote in an email to members.
While the strike will still be in effect through the union’s contract approval and ratification process, picketing has been suspended as of Sunday night. Guild leaders are expected to vote Tuesday on whether or not to formally lift the strike.
“To be clear, no one is to return to work until specifically authorized to by the Guild. We are still on strike until then,” the guild’s message stated.
What Happens Next
The next step in the ratification process will be the completion of the final language of the deal in the coming days. WGA leadership then expects to vote on the final pact on Tuesday.
If the negotiating committee, the board of the WGA West, and the council of the WGA East move to ratify, the contract will be sent to WGA’s 11,000 members for a vote.
“Though we are eager to share the details of what has been achieved with you, we cannot do that until the last ‘i’ is dotted,” the message to members stated. “To do so would complicate our ability to finish the job. So, as you have been patient with us before, we ask you to be patient again – one last time.”
With the enthusiastic endorsement of union leaders and after nearly five months on strike, the deal is likely to pass.
Unfortunately, we will not know the specific details of the contract until the language is finalized, and the ratification process moves forward.
The Focus Now Turns to SAG-AFTRA
With a WGA contract now secure, all eyes will turn to SAG-AFTRA, which has also been on strike since July 14. The actors’ guild was quick to congratulate the WGA on completing the deal.
“SAG-AFTRA congratulates the WGA on reaching a tentative agreement with the AMPTP after 146 days of incredible strength, resiliency, and solidarity on the picket lines. While we look forward to reviewing the WGA and AMPTP’s tentative agreement, we remain committed to achieving the necessary terms for our members,” the statement said.
“Since the day the WGA strike began, SAG-AFTRA members have stood alongside the writers on the picket lines. We remain on strike in our TV/Theatrical contract and continue to urge the studio and streamer CEOs and the AMPTP to return to the table and make the fair deal that our members deserve and demand.”
Hopefully, with the writers now taken care of, studios will quickly get a deal done with SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood can return to work.
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