The WGA And AMPTP Avoid Writers Strike With New Deal

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers made a new, three-year deal, which the WGA describes in a memo as, “Did we get everything we wanted? No. Everything we deserve? Certainly not. But because we had the near-unanimous backing of you we were able to achieve a deal that will net this Guild’s members $130 million more…” For months, the Guild has vowed to strike if a deal was not put in place, but after negotiating all day and all night, both sides agree. The negotiations for the new contract began on March 13, but broke off twice, and Hollywood feared another writers strike. The WGA also secured a surprising 96.3% “yes” vote by members authorizing their leaders to strike, so fears were high.

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