With just six days to go until the current three-year deal expires on May 1, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are set to resume negotiations on April 25. The two sides last met on April 17 and took a week-long break to allow the guild to conduct a strike authorization vote.
The results of that count are now in and the membership overwhelming endorsed the strike authorization. Two-thirds of WGA members voted and of the 6,310 ballots cast, a staggering 96% were in favor of granting the authorization. Compare that to the 90% endorsement back in 2007 when the guild ended up going on strike for 100 days. (The two sides reached agreements fairly readily in 2010 and 2013.)
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 puts those negotiating on behalf of the writers in a stronger position.