WGA Members “Ready To Strike” After Round Of Pre-Contract Talks Meetings

The hazard of a writers strike continued to mountain currently as a WGA hold a final of 11 membership informational meetings in allege of subsequent month’s negotiations for a new film and TV contract.

“We’re always prepared for a strike,” a TV author laughed as he left a assembly during a Beverly Hilton. “Television is in another Golden Age and a companies are reaping record profits, though writers aren’t pity in that. Our incomes are going down, so it’s going to be a tough negotiation.”

“Writers merit some-more and a companies can means to compensate it,” pronounced another TV author who attended a meeting, “and we competence usually have to quarrel for it.” As for a strike, he said: “I urge that there will not be one, though we fear that there will be one.”

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“The ubiquitous feeling is that everybody would cite to work,” pronounced another writer, “but given a companies’ increase and a disappearing wages, it’s now or never. This assembly was not a strike vote, though we have certain needs that have to be met. Nobody wants to strike, though we are peaceful to if we have to.”

“We are all station clever for a union,” pronounced another writer.

Another added: “We have a one guild.”

Solidarity and a convincing hazard of a strike are positively useful going into any agreement negotiation, and many of those interviewed currently pronounced they wish a companies commend that they are joined behind a union’s “legitimate” and “reasonable” demands, and will make a satisfactory understanding to equivocate a strike.

Guild annals uncover that “overall median gain increasing 17.4% between 2008 and 2014,” though guild leaders contend that “the normal income of members in both facilities and array TV have indeed decreased over a (last) decade.”

There’s no doubt that Hollywood’s film writers have seen their salary usually erode over a past dual decades, mostly due to a decrease in a array of films being released. According to a WGA West’s annual reports, screenwriters warranted reduction in 2015 ($362.1 million) than they did in 1996 ($364.4 million) – and that’s in genuine dollars. Adjusted for inflation, they collectively warranted about a third reduction in 2015 than they did in 1996.

The guild’s annals also uncover that in 2015, TV writers warranted $803 million underneath a WGA West’s simple contract, for an normal annual income of $194,478, that was $48,936 some-more than they done in 2006.

But those numbers are usually formed on guild minimums, and don’t embody a moneys they make as writers employed in additional capacities, such as producers and executive producers. And that’s where TV writer-producers are holding it on a chin. Two new guild surveys of a operative members found a 23% altogether decrease in weekly remuneration for array TV writer-producers from a 2013-14 deteriorate to a 2015-15 deteriorate – a downward trend that guild officials contend has been going on for a decade as a TV attention continues to go by a vital restructuring.

The heading means for a downturn is a cutting of many shows’ seasons, with fewer episodes definition fewer dollars for writer-producers. In years past, writers competence be paid for 22 episodes strung out over 44 weeks, though it’s now not odd for seasons to final for usually 10 or 12 episodes.

“Everybody agrees that radio is changing and that a approach writers are paid needs to change,” pronounced a author withdrawal today’s meeting. “Nobody wants a strike, and a kinship will do a darndest to get a satisfactory deal.”

The guild’s bum – and some contend unwell – health devise will be another pivotal negotiate indicate when negotiations with management’s AMPTP start on Mar 13.