Writers Guild of America Set to Strike
The Writers Guild of America voted to go on strike Monday effective May 1, 2017 if an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is not reached. Over 96% of Writers Guild members voted for the strike.
Talks between the AMPTP and the WGA have been suspended since April 17 and efforts to reach an accord prior to the current contract expiring on April 30 have stalled.
The WGA is asking for a deal worth $535 million whereas the AMPTP is offering $180 million. That is a significant bridge to build.
A big portion of the argument stems from Health Care plans the union is managing for its members. The current WGA health plan is $135 million in debut but the AMTPT is only offering $45 million to address the issue.
The WGA is also asking for a 3% wage increase while the producers are offering 2%. Other issues include residuals, pension plan and family leave are also being negotiated.
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