WGA Members Approve 'Pattern of Demands'; 97% Vote in Favor
"This overwhelming support from our joint membership is a powerful mandate for our negotiating committee," guild leaders said in a statement.
The WGA membership has approved the guild’s proposed “Pattern of Demands,” the guild said Thursday. A total of 2,021 valid ballots were cast, or about a fifth or sixth of eligible voters; 1,951 voted in favor, which is just shy of 97%.
In a joint statement, WGA West president John Wells and WGA East president Michael Winship said, “This overwhelming support from our joint membership is a powerful mandate for our negotiating committee as it moves forward toward the next MBA [Minimum Basic Agreement]."
The AMPTP issued a statement as well: “The producers are committed to a full and open discussion of the issues, and we look forward to working out a new agreement with the Writers Guild of America East and West.”
As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, the ballots were due back at the guild by Jan. 24, but the union delayed announcement of the results until Thursday for unknown reasons.
The Pattern of Demands now becomes the approved outline that the union will use in developing its contract proposals.
Still unknown is when negotiations will start. The current contract expires May 1, but no date for talks has been announced. SAG, AFTRA and the DGA have already negotiated and ratified their new agreements, which take effect when their existing agreements expire June 30.