WGA to sign agreement for NAACP Awards

MUMBAI: The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is to sign an interim agreement with the NAACP for the 39th NAACP Image Awards, which will take place on 14 February at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The agreement will allow the hiring of WGA writers to script the show, which means there will be no picketing of the event by striking writers. In addition, the Guild has granted a waiver permitting the use of clips from motion pictures and television programs.

“The NAACP would like to thank the leadership of the WGA and its members for demonstrating their support of the NAACP and its historic mission by granting The NAACP Image Awards an interim agreement,” said NAACP chairman Julian Bond. “The NAACP stands in solidarity with the Writers Guild in its fight for meaningful collective bargaining and the rights of all workers to make an honest and fair living.”

“The Guild examines each request like this individually and no decision is easy. Our ultimate goal is to resolve this strike by achieving a good contract. Because of the historic role the NAACP has played in struggles like ours, we think this decision is appropriate to jointly achieve our goals,” said Verrone.

Presented the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice.