WGA, AMPTP Working on a ‘Tentative Agreement’

For those who are following the strike, this will be some interesting news. Ok, I’m being a bit facetious, I know that everyone is following the damned strike. We’ve been reporting all week, along with every other outlet on the face of the planet, that the WGA strike could be over by week’s end. No talks turned into informal talks, which in turn became informal talks that were going well that have apparently led to a “tentative agreement”. This agreement has prompted WGA leadership to call a meeting. You can tell that I am not making this up based on the information in the letter below:

To Our Fellow Members,

As Negotiating Committee Chair John Bowman wrote you last night, we are continuing to negotiate the terms of a tentative agreement with the AMPTP. We anticipate that we will be able to present the terms of that agreement to you in the next few days. In order to have a full discussion with you of the terms and how they were reached, and in order to get your input before making recommendations or decisions, we have scheduled membership meetings for current-active members only for this Saturday, February 9, in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York meeting will take place at 2 pm ET in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Times Square, 1606 Broadway (Broadway and 49th Street).

The Los Angeles meeting will take place at 7 pm PT in the Shrine Auditorium (665 W. Jefferson Blvd.).

We urge you to attend. We have gotten to this point in our negotiation as the direct result of the power of this strike, which each of you has generated. Neither the Negotiating Committee, nor the West Board or the East Council, will take action on any contract until after the membership meetings are held and your voices have been heard. We are all in this together.


Patric M. Verrone
Writers Guild of America, West

Michael Winship
Writers Guild of America, East

So it is safe to say, for now, that we should know more after this not-so-secret meeting takes place and the writers have talked it out. Hopefully they will then be writing, as in signing on for a new deal with the AMPTP. Then we can have The Office back…

Source: United Hollywood

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