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Strike Watch: Would WGA Build Coalition With DGA & SAG-AFTRA In Upcoming Contract Negotiations?

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On the party circuit during Emmy weekend, one topic inevitably found its way into every conversation, the possibility of a writers strike.

Even back in September, the consensus was that there likely will be a strike. The sentiment has been only growing stronger in the months since, amid deteriorating economic environment marked by high inflation and a looming recession.

The WGA elected board members on platforms focused on the upcoming contract talks and appointed a negotiating committee, which includes several members of the committee that led the guild campaign against the talent agencies over packaging to its successful end.

Given how difficult and deeply rooted the issues at stake for writers are, including increasing minimum pay, span protection and streaming residuals and curbing of mini-rooms, a strike does appear likely when the current contract expires May 1, 2023.

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