Following the tentative agreement being made between the Writer’s Guild Of America and AMPTP (the studios including Disney), which resulted in the end of the writer’s strike, the members of the union have been voting to either accept or decline the offer. The good news, is today, the writer’s union members have decided overwhelmingly to accept the offer, which means the writer’s strike is officially over, as a deal is now in place until May 2026.
A statement from the WGA has been released, confirming the news:
We are pleased to announce that 99% of WGA members have voted in favor of ratifying the 2023 MBA. Of the 8,525 valid votes cast there were 8,435 “yes” votes and 90 “no” votes (1%). The term of the agreement is from September 25, 2023 through May 1, 2026.
See the summary of the 2023 MBA for more information on what we gained.
We would not have been able to achieve this industry-changing contract without WGA Chief Negotiator Ellen Stutzman, Negotiating Committee Cochairs Chris Keyser and David Goodman, the entire WGA Negotiating Committee, strike captains, lot coordinators, and the staff that supported every part of the negotiation and strike action.
As our negotiations come to an end, we won’t forget our SAG-AFTRA siblings who have supported writers every step of the way. We call upon the AMPTP to negotiate a deal that addresses the needs of performers and, until they do, we ask WGA members who can to continue to show up on their picket lines in solidarity.
Meredith Stiehm, WGAW President
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, WGAE President
Now that the writer’s union have officially confirmed they’ve wrapped up a new three-year deal, hopefully, it won’t be too long until the actors do the same thing, to end the strikes, to allow everyone to return to work and commence creating the shows and films we love to watch.