WGA Boards Approve Contract With AMPTP

Agreement now goes to membership for vote

The Writers Guild of America, West Board of Directors and the Writers Guild of America, East Council have voted unanimously to send the new tentative three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to the membership for ratification. 

Last week, the two sides were able to come to terms six weeks before the current contract expires in May.

The agreement is in line with previous patterns set late last year by the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of TV and Radio Artists, who negotiated their major contract first and set a precedent for 2 percent annual wage increases.

Two percent is pretty much what everyone's agreeing to this time around.

The WGA's new three-year agreement does call for a 1.5 percent increase in pension-plan contributions from employers, going up from 6 percent to 7.5 percent.

Pay TV residuals also went up by 20 percent.

The membership ratification vote will be conducted by mail and also at membership meetings in April, a Writers Guild of America, West spokesperson said on Friday.