Two weeks after asking its 12,000 members for the authority to hold a strike vote, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) will resume negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on April 10 for at least the week. The current three-year deal expires on May 1. The two sides had held two weeks of preliminary discussions for a a new three-year deal but were at an impasse by March 23.
The next day, with no agreement in sight on the key issues, the 25 WGA members on the negotiating committee requested that the leadership canvass members for the authority to hold a strike vote. The thought was that this would put those negotiating on behalf of the writers in a stronger position. While the two sides reached agreements fairly readily in the past two times at the table in 2010 and 2013, there was a 100-day strike in 2007/8.
For its part, the AMPTP issued its own take on the proceedings on March 24: “The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its efforts at reaching an agreement at the bargaining table. Keeping the industry working is in everyone’s best interests, and we are ready to return to negotiations when they are.”