For the past two weeks, the two wings of the Writers Guild of America have held initial discussions with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) about a new three-year deal; the current contract ends on May 1. But on Friday (March 24) 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. 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 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.”