Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on May 18, 2020.
In a message to their members as bargaining with the AMPTP begins Monday, the WGA said that the topics of the talks “will include streaming compensation and residuals, benefit contributions, inclusion and equity, workplace protections including against sexual harassment, and specific screenwriter, comedy-variety and TV writer issues.”
In an accompanying video message, WGA negotiating committee co-chairs Betsy Thomas, Michele Mulroney and Shawn Ryan explained the approach the guild will take at the bargaining table, with Ryan warning members, “If past is precedent, there will be efforts to undermine our solidarity through various means, including using the trades and leveraging personal relationships with individual members.”
Said Thomas: “We begin negotiations today with the AMPTP for a new contract, and wanted to talk to you about our approach. First, let’s talk about the adjustment we’ve made to our negotiations in response to the coronavirus. Instead of being together in a room, we’ll be negotiating with the AMPTP via videoconference. However, the bargaining agenda that we presented to some of you in member meetings in late February and early March has not changed, and we remain firmly committed to achieving a fair contract for writers.” …