Earlier this week, the Writer’s Union Of America passed one hundred days since the strike began in May and following last week’s meeting between the studios and union, talks are set to resume this coming Friday on August 11th 2023.
This is another major step forward with the strike, as only by coming together at the table, will this writer’s strike come to an end. However, the studios and the writer’s union are currently very apart on some major issues, including streaming residuals, working conditions, minimum staffing levels and having a guaranteed minimum number of weeks of employment for a writing job.
The WGA released a statement announcing the meeting:
Carol Lombardini has asked the WGA Negotiating Committee to meet with AMPTP negotiators on Friday. We expect the AMPTP to provide responses to WGA proposals.
Our committee returns to the bargaining table ready to make a fair deal, knowing the unified WGA membership stands behind us and buoyed by the ongoing support of our union allies.
We will get back to you.
WGA Negotiating Committee
Last week’s meeting was basically to organise negotiations to resume and for the studios to come to some agreements over what they would and wouldn’t bend on, plus make some counter offers.
Hopefully, some of the issues between the union and studios can be sorted out, but it’s likely this strike will continue for a while, as some issues are very complicated.