The Hollywood writers’ strike ends “temporarily” to vote on the new contract

2023-10-03 18:00:00

Lamis Muhammad Tuesday, October 3, 2023 09:00 PM

The Writers Guild of America has taken its next step by officially ending its ongoing strike, sending… WGA West and WGA East issued voting cards to their members, allowing them to vote on the union’s new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, after the WGA continued to strike for 148 days before the latest deal was agreed upon.

It has already begun and will continue until Monday, October 9, until 1 p.m., with the participation of more than 11,000 WGA members who are eligible to vote in the elections. WGA-W President Meredith Stemm and WGA-E President Lisa Takeuchi said in a joint statement sent to members’ emails: “ We strongly support this proposed contract and encourage you to vote to ratify it.”

Although the deal had not yet been approved by WGA members, WGA leaders suspended all picket efforts and allowed writers to write again for the studios while the ratification vote took place.

Given the support members have already shown for the new deal on social media, a vote is likely to take place.

And this is the full email that WGA leaders sent to members:

Dear Member,

This email serves as notice of your right to vote on ratification of the 2023 Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA). We strongly encourage you to vote in favor of ratification. The agreement proposed to you comes with the unanimous support of the 2023 Negotiating Committee and has the support of the WGAW Board of Directors.” The Writers Guild of America West and the WGAE Council of the Writers Guild of America East both voted unanimously in favor of ratification on September 25.

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As for how to vote: The 2023 MBA is subject to ratification by the joint membership of the Writers Guild of East and West, where eligible WGAW members in good standing can vote online starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 2, and you can also access the ballot. Online through the WGA Contract 2023 website, your username is your last name and your password is the eight-digit Member ID number found on your union membership card.

Regarding the Members Meeting: WGAW will hold an in-person meeting at the end of the voting period to answer any remaining questions about the tentative agreement. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the Guild’s headquarters, 7000 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048 at noon. October 9th.

The voting period ends on October 9 at 1 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, and the results will be announced on the WGAW and WGAE websites after voting closes.

We strongly support the proposed contract and encourage you to vote in favor of its ratification.

Meredith Stemm, WGAW President

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, President, WGAE

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