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Is A Writers Guild Strike In The Offing?
WGA, West headquarters in Los Angeles.
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The last major Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike lasted 100 days in 2007-’08, adversely impacting TV and film production. Fast forward to today and recent developments have fueled speculation about the possibility of another walkout as the WGA’s East and West Coast boards have given a greenlight to having members vote on a strike authorization. 

If members provide that authorization, the WGA would be able to call a strike if a deal cannot be reached on a new three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

Strike authorization voting will be conducted online and at special membership meetings in mid-April, with the current contract deadline of May 1 looming.

Negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP recently broke off after two weeks of talks. Yesterday the AMPTP formally invited the WGA back to the bargaining table. And now contract talks are set to resume on April 10. Among the key issues are residuals related to streaming platforms, reportedly declining wages in TV over the past three years, and funding of the Guild’s healthcare and pension plans