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WGA directors send contract to members for a vote

The Writers Guild of America board of directors has uanimously endorsed a proposed three-year contract for its 12,000 members.

The guild said Friday that directors had voted to send the tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to members for a ratification vote, which will be conducted by mail and also at membership meetings next month.

The proposed contract negotiated on Sunday includes a 20% increase in pay-TV residuals, a 2% increase in annual wage rates and an increase in employer pension contributions to 7.5% from 6%, according a letter the WGA sent to its 12,000 members Sunday night. Negotiations to replace the current contract, which expires May 1, began March 3.


Writers, Hollywood studios reach contract agreement

-- Richard Verrier


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