The union voted to lift the strike after 148 days
After 148 days, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike will officially end at midnight.
Following a tentative agreement after more than five months of bitter negotiations, the board of the WGA West and council of the WGA East voted unanimously on Tuesday to end the strike at 12:01 a.m. P.T. on Wednesday.
“As we reported on Sunday, the WGA reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a new three-year Minimum Basic Agreement,” wrote the Negotiating Committee in an email to members. “Today, your Negotiating Committee, the WGAE Council and WGAW Board all voted unanimously to recommend the agreement. It will now go to both Guilds’ memberships for a ratification vote. Eligible voters will receive ballot and materials for the vote which will take place from October 2nd through October 9th.”
Writers are now permitted to return to work during the ratification process. The WGA West will hold a member meeting at 7 p.m. P.T. on Wednesday at the Hollywood Palladium. The WGA East will also meet that night at 6 p.m. E.T. at Manhattan Center. For those who can’t attend in-person, Zoom meetings will be held at 5 p.m. P.T. on Thursday and at 11 a.m. P.T. on Friday.
The union’s unanimous decision to send the contract to members for ratification was reached Sunday night and wrapped talks for a new three-year deal.
“We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA, which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language,” the WGA Negotiating Committee wrote in a statement Sunday. “What we have won in this contract — most particularly, everything we have gained since May 2nd — is due to the willingness of this membership to exercise its power, to demonstrate its solidarity, to walk side-by-side, to endure the pain and uncertainty of the past 146 days. It is the leverage generated by your strike, in concert with the extraordinary support of our union siblings, that finally brought the companies back to the table to make a deal.”