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End of the strike: The writers' union agrees on a new collective agreement with the film industry

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The Hollywood writers have drawn a line under their nearly five-month-long labor dispute. With an overwhelming majority of 99 percent, the scriptwriters accepted a new collective bargaining agreement with the major film studios. According to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) on Monday, 8435,90 members voted in favor of the new treaty in the ratification process, with <> opposed.

The contract includes, among other things,

  • wage increases,

  • Regulations for the use of artificial intelligence (AI)

  • and higher subsidies for retirement and health care.

According to the WGA, the new deal is valid until May 2026. Through "solidarity and determination," a treaty with "meaningful gains and protections" for authors has now been ratified, said Meredith Stiehm, chairwoman of the Writers Guild of America West.

In the nearly five-month-long writers' strike, the WGA board had approved a preliminary agreement between the union and the major studios and streaming providers (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers/AMPTP) in the USA on September 26. After that, the members of the union, which has more than 11,000 members, had to vote. The strike could have continued if the majority of union members had rejected ratification. Industry observers, however, considered this highly unlikely.

160,000 actors and actresses on strike

However, operations in Hollywood are still paralyzed. The approximately 160,000 actors and actresses of her union SAG-AFTRA are still on strike. They had joined the writers' strike in mid-July. It was only last week that representatives of the studios and the actors' union returned to the negotiating table. The performers are also calling for better pay and regulation of the use of AI in the industry, among other things.

The writers' union expressed its solidarity with the striking actors on Monday. Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, president of the Writers Guild of America East, called on the studios to offer the cast a "fair" contract. As long as this does not happen, the writers will continue to support the actors' pickets.