After 146 days of the strike, the writers who are a part of the WGA (Writers Guild of America) have managed to reach a tentative deal with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers).
It’s been a long battle, as struck companies in the film industry have come to a near standstill. The writers having striking for a better tomorrow.
While the deal has been tentatively reached, the WGA Negotiating Committee has written that the contract is still pending ratification:
If that authorization is approved, the Board and Council would also vote on whether to lift the restraining order and end the strike at a certain date and time (to be determined) pending ratification. This would allow writers to return to work during the ratification vote, but would not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.WGA Negotiating Committee
Details of the deal in the contract has yet to be publicly disclosed. The writers were striking for increased residuals and residuals for streaming, a better structure in place for people to secure health care, protection against the use of AI. More information in the full WGA proposal here, from May 1, 2023.
Update: the 2023 contract has been published online, that finally covers modern issues the writers have been facing.
The guild has mentioned that it will be suspending WGA picketing for today (September 25), however “no one is to return to work” still. The writers are encouraged to stand on the picket lines for actors in the SAG-AFTRA union this week instead.
There’s currently no new information for when the actors will reach a deal with the AMPTP, as they are looking to get similar conditions met in a modern contract, especially with AI exploitation, income erosion, and abusive self-tape demands.