Hollywood Writers Return to Work as Strike Officially Ends

Members of WGA walk with pickets on strike outside the Culver Studio, Tuesday May 2, 2023 in Culver City, California. (Credit: Shutterstock)

The Writers Guild of America said its members could begin returning to work Wednesday after union leaders endorsed a proposed contract agreement with Hollywood studios and streamers.

The guild’s negotiating committee, the WGA West Board and the WGA East Council “all voted unanimously to recommend the agreement,” the union announced Tuesday evening in a statement on X/Twitter.

With those endorsements, the strike ended at 12:01 a.m. PT Wednesday, the union said.

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The WGA reached the tentative three-year “minimum basic agreement” with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Sunday night.

The guild’s 11,500 members have until Oct. 9 to ratify the contract proposal. Ending the strike allows writers to work during the voting process.

The WGA released details on the proposal Tuesday. The agreement would increase pay by 5 percent upon ratification, 4 percent in May 2024 and 3.5 percent in May 2025.

It also includes increases in health and pension contributions. Additionally, residuals will rise when TV shows and movies are re-aired outside the United States and a bonus structure is being implemented for the most popular shows on streaming.

The deal also includes limits on the studios’ use of artificial intelligence in the writing process.

The WGA said in a statement Sunday that the agreement was “made possible by the enduring solidarity of WGA members and extraordinary support of our union siblings who joined us on the picket lines for over 146 days.”

The guild said members could stop picketing after the tentative deal was announced. Although some WGA members continue to walk the picket line in solidarity with striking actors.

Actors union SAG-AFTRA went on strike on July 14. SAG-AFTRA said Tuesday night there are no new talks currently planned with the AMPTP.

“At this time, we have no confirmed dates scheduled to meet with the AMPTP. When we do have dates confirmed, we will inform you. Unless you hear it from us, it’s hearsay,” the guild said in a statement.

On Monday, SAG-AFTRA said its members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against the nation’s biggest video game companies.