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WGA Sets Strike-Ending Vote For Tuesday; Leaders Voted Unanimously For Deal Today

The governing bodies of the WGA unanimously approved the draft deal today but the strike remains in effect. The membership will vote on the proposed agreement Tuesday — and writers on strike since Nov. 5 could be back to work Wednesday. NYT: David J. Young, executive director of the West Coast guild: “There comes a time in any strike when it is time to settle, and that time is when the pressure is greatest on both sides.”

Update: To clarify, Tuesday’s vote is to allow a return to work pending ratification, which is expected to tak 10 days. Picketing is suspended Monday and Tuesday, until members vote to suspend the strike or continue. The negotiating committee unanimously and unconditionally recommended the deal to the WGA leadership; the East and West boards than voted unanimously to recommend it. But they decided against unilaterally calling off the strike; hence the two-step process. The response at Saturday’s membership meeting was positive enough to expect the writers will vote to end the strike.

The strike stopped production on 60 prime-time shows and kept 11,000 crew members out of work.

Deadline Hollywood: The writers don’t vote until Tuesday but TV showrunners — writers with producing responsibilities — will be allowed to return to work Monday.

Hollywood Reporter: “WGA West president Patric Verrone, during a press conference Sunday afternoon: “It’s not all we hoped for and all we deserved, but this strike was about the future, and this deal assures us a share of the future.” (Verrone’s letter to members is here.)

Variety: “Industry sources also report that the WGA contract reached with the majors is expected to include a provision that will allow scribes who were force majeured from ongoing series to return to their old jobs. Insiders cautioned, however, that some issues regarding that deal point are still being worked out by guild and studio lawyers.” The emphasis is on those with ongoing series — not those force majeured from overall deals and other contracts.