Members of the Writers Guild of America are officially going on strike after weeks of failed negotiations with major studios.
The strike will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.
“The decision was made following six weeks of negotiations with Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Discovery-Warner, NBC Universal, Paramount and Sony under the umbrella of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP),” read a statement issued by the WGA. “The WGA Negotiating Committee began this process intent on making a fair deal, but the studios’ responses have been wholly insufficient given the existential crisis writers are facing.”
WGA members voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to authorize a strike if labor negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the studios, break down. According to the Writers Guild of America, 97.8% of members who cast ballots supported the strike-authorization vote. A total of 9,218 union members cast ballots, representing nearly 79% of the WGA’s membership.
The current Writers Guild contract expires at 11:59 p.m. on Monday.
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