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Read The Letter Sent To Writers’ Guild Members Confirming Deal With Producers to Avoid Strike

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Shortly after reaching a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a new contract, the Writers Guild of America sent a letter to members confirming the news, and announcing a meeting to discuss the particulars.

The WGA will meet on Thursday, May 4 at 8:00 P.M. at Guild headquarters where negotiators will talk about the process and answer member questions about the tentative three-year contract agreement.

The previous contract between writers and producers expired at midnight on May 1, but a deal was close and talks were extended by an hour to hammer out the details. Among the issues that needed to be sorted out between Hollywood producers and writers was “span” — shorthand for the length of time writers work for what they’re paid. Writers on television are usually paid per episode, even if a short order series requires the same amount of time, or similar, to complete as a traditional season length. The WGA sought higher compensation on shows where the work schedule for writers runs more than two weeks per episode.

Among other WGA demands were stronger economic and workplace protections, paid family leave for writers, the health care plan, and exclusivity.

Read the full letter the WGA sent to members below:

We have reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP. More details to follow. Thanks to all of you for your time, energy and commitment during this campaign.

Please join us this Thursday May 4th at 8:00 pm at the Guild to hear about the deal. Negotiating Committee Leadership will discuss the process and answer your questions after meeting with the WGAW Board.

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