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WGA, Producers at Odds Over Strike Rules

A volley of words continues between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers as the two groups seek to reach a labor agreement before the WGA’s current contract expires on Oct. 31.

The WGA released its list of strike rules for members in case of a strike, outlining the scope and repercussions for violating a proposed strike.

“We are outraged by the WGA's ‘strike rules,’ filled with threats of fines, punishment and blacklisting,” AMPTP president Nick Counter said. "It is troubling and irresponsible that the WGA leadership spends so much time and energy on tactics, threats and attempts to intimidate anyone who doesn't agree with them, and so little time and energy on trying to reach a reasonable labor agreement that would avert a strike."

WGA negotiating chair John F. Bowman fired back, saying, “WGA members don't need management's help in determining the rules that would apply during a work stoppage. Writers will make that decision democratically and for themselves. The AMPTP should worry less about our internal processes and more about avoiding a strike by negotiating a fair agreement.”

View the WGA’s strike rules here.


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