Major U.S. Strike Finally Comes To An End?

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( – On Sunday night, a tentative agreement between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Writers Guild of America was announced. WAG has been on strike for close to five months, and the WGA Negotiating Committee announced that they might have reached a deal with production companies and streaming services.

The deal has also meant that picketing is now suspended. As they pointed out in the update this is a tentative agreement and that it is still subject to the final contract language. However, the two sides have agreed in principle on all the points of the deal, which were not released to the public.

The WGA stated that this agreement would provide significant protections for writers who are members of the guild. They further added that while there would no longer be a picket, the strike would continue and that no one was going to return to work until authorization was given.

They further encouraged that actors should join the SAG-AFTRA picket lines this week. Before the strike can end all of the members of the WWGA will need to approve the deal.

The strike originally started in early May, when around 11,500 members of WGA walked out calling for better pay, and for restrictions on the usage of AI in scripts. They further had demands regarding the size of staff in shows. This is the first strike that screenwriters have participated in since 2007 and it is the longest strike since 1988.

WGA West in a statement noted that this result was made possible because of the solidarity exhibited by the WGA members and the support they had from other unions who joined their picket lines for more than 146 days.

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