After five months of striking and protesting outside major Hollywood studios, the Writers Guild of America members have reached a tentative deal.
The deal was reached on Sunday, September 24 after days of serious negotiations, CNN reports. The exact terms of the deal remain under wraps while the agreement moves closer toward ratification by WGA members.
The agreement comes just in time as the nearly five-month-long strike inched close to surpassing a 1988 strike that lasted 154 days.
“It is the leverage generated by your strike, in concert with the extraordinary support of our union siblings, that finally brought the companies back to the table to make a deal.”
While the tentative WGA deal does not immediately end the strike, it serves as a path forward to ending the historic hiatus that has put much of Hollywood on a standstill.
“To be clear, no one is to return to work until specifically authorized to by the Guild. We are still on strike until then,” the WGA wrote.
“But we are, as of today, suspending WGA picketing.”
Now with WGA reaching a deal, the Guild is encouraging its members to join the picket line for the actors’ strike this week. They’re also praising details of the new agreement that remain unknown.
“We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership,” the WGA said.
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Source: Black Enterprise