Hollywood writers end strike after 3 months

MUMBAI: The members of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) voted overwhelmingly in favor of lifting the restraining order and ending their 100-day strike that began on 5 November 2008.


 


A total of 3,775 writers turned out in Los Angeles and New York to cast ballots or fax in proxies, with 92.5 per cent voting in favor of ending the work stoppage.


 


“The strike is over. Our membership has voted, and writers can go back to work. This was not a strike we wanted, but one we had to conduct in order to win jurisdiction and establish appropriate residuals for writing in new media and on the Internet. Those advances now give us a foothold in the digital age. Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the Internet and platforms for new media are developed,” said WGAW president Patric M. Verrone.


 


“The success of this strike is a significant achievement not only for ourselves but the entire creative community, now and in the future. The commitment and solidarity of our members made it happen and have been an inspiration not only to us but the entire organized labor movement. We will build on that energy and unity to make our two unions stronger than ever,” said WGAE president Michael Winship.


 


WGAW and WGAE members will next vote to ratify the tentative three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The membership ratification vote will be conducted by mail and also at membership meetings on 25 February.

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