Writers Guild of America members ratify new contract
Hollywood's film and TV writers have signed off on a new three-year contract.
Members of the Writers Guild of America voted by a 91% margin to approve a recently negotiated contract that provides increases in contributions to the guild's pension plan, higher residual payments in pay TV and a bump in minimum pay levels, the guild said Wednesday. The contract takes effect May 2 and covers about 10,500 members.
"We are very pleased that our joint membership has voted so strongly to ratify our 2011 Minimum Basic Agreement,'' said WGA Presidents John Wells and Michael Winship in a statement. "Valuable advances have been made in our pension plan and in other areas important to writers. Nonetheless, we recognize that more work needs to be done."
The agreement between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major studios, was patterned after contracts secured by the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America.
"Taking into account the agreement reached with the WGA, the industry has now successfully concluded an agreement with each of the major Guilds over the past six months," the Alliance said in a statement. "Taken together, these agreements will give the industry an opportunity for a sustained period of labor peace.”
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