With just two weeks to go until the current three-year deal expires, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are back at the bargaining table on Monday (April 17); they had taken a break from bargaining for Easter. While the two sides reached agreements fairly readily in 2010 and 2013, there was a 100-day strike in 2007/8.
The two sides first met last month but didn’t get very far in their two weeks of preliminary negotiations. They 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. This would put those negotiating on behalf of the writers in a stronger position. In support of this, WGA West released a video on April 13 with members of the committee making their case.
For its part, the AMPTP issued its own take on the proceedings to date: “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.”