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Will a Writers Strike Be Avoided at the Eleventh Hour?

Midnight is the deadline

The Writers Guild of America's (WGA) current pact with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) expires at midnight. Will the two unions be able to reach an agreement in time?

According to the Hollywood trades, it's possible. Both Deadline and Variety are reporting progress has been made regarding increased pay for short-order series runs and a boosting of the WGA's health insurance plan, both of which have been sticking points for the WGA.

Veteran soap opera producer Jill Farren Phelps spoke with The Wrap about how daytime soaps in particular navigated previous strikes. She pointed out long-term WGA writers who opted to accept financial core (Fi-Core) status and keep writing clashed with writers who picketed following the end of the 2007-08 strike.

“A division occurred between the writers who couldn’t afford to lose that much income for so long — especially if the strike went on as long as the 1987 one did — and the WGA loyalists who would not work during a strike,” Phelps remembers. “Everyone was trying to do the right thing for themselves and for their shows, but it was tense.” 

Negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP are set to resume at 10 am PST/1 pm EST.