WGA & AMPTP To Resume Bargaining On Friday
10.08.2023 - 17:49
The WGA and the AMPTP have agreed to resume bargaining for a deal that could end the guild’s ongoing strike.
In a message to members Thursday, the guild said that Carol Lombardini, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, “has asked the WGA Negotiating Committee to meet with AMPTP negotiators on Friday. We expect the AMPTP to provide responses to WGA proposals.”
“Our committee returns to the bargaining table ready to make a fair deal, knowing the unified WGA membership stands behind us and buoyed by the ongoing support of our union allies,” the guild said.
The two sides last met August 4, but were unable to reach an agreement to resume bargaining.
The writers strike over a new film and TV contract just passed the 100-day mark on Wednesday, making the strike as of today longer than the 2007-08 action. It is now 52 days away from becoming the longest in the guild’s history.
Chris Keyser and David A. Goodman, who co-chair the WGA’s negotiating committee, said of yesterday’s milestone: “The refusal to take writers’ reasonable proposals seriously has caused the WGA strike to last 100 days and counting; it serves only as a milestone of shame for the AMPTP. They and their member studios are wholly responsible for the over three-month shutdown of the industry and the pain it has caused workers and all others whose livelihoods depends on this business. The cost of settling the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes is far less than the damage their intractability has caused. Ultimately, the studios have no choice but to make a fair deal. Until then, we remain resolved and united.”
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