It’s a done deal. Writers Guild of America scribes officially give thumbs up to a new three year contract. Yesterday, the WGA West announced on its website the results of a contract vote by the rank and file. 99 percent of writers reportedly voted for the deal hammered out with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. This brings down the curtain on a labor dispute which ignited a painful strike of almost five months.
However, the labor pains are not over yet for Hollywood. Negotiations in the actors strike are due to resume tomorrow. SAG-AFTRA went on strike against the major studios last July and joined the WGA writers on the picket line. The WGA leadership called on its members to continue to support SAG: “we won’t forget our SAG-AFTRA siblings who have supported writers every step of the way. We call upon the AMPTP to negotiate a deal that addresses the needs of performers and, until they do, we ask WGA members who can to continue to show up on their picket lines in solidarity.”