The Writers Guild of America, which went on strike for four months during contract negotiations three years ago, has ratified a new three-year deal with producers, the union said Wednesday.
The pact with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was approved by 90 percent of the 1,952 guild members who voted in Los Angeles and New York. It becomes effective on May 2 and runs through 2014.
The guild’s talks with producers were far less acrimonious this time around and there was no talk of another strike. Among the advances WGA leadership said they achieved are increases to the membership’s pension plan and better residuals for pay TV reruns.
The producers’ alliance has reached contract agreements in the past six months with the WGA, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
“Taken together, these agreements will give the industry an opportunity for a sustained period of labor peace,” the producers’ alliance said in a statement.
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