Striking Writers Will Discuss New Deal

Leaders to gauge support at membership meetings on Saturday
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 6:50 PM CST
Striking Writers Will Discuss New Deal
Writers guild members picket outside Paramount Studios in Los Angeles Monday, Feb 4. 2008. A person familiar with negotiations says the striking Hollywood writers guild remains on track for a possible deal with studios, but specific language of a new contract has yet to be resolved. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Leaders of the striking writers union will meet members Saturday on both coasts to brief them on a tentative contract that could settle their 3-month-old dispute, Variety reports. If, after the meetings in Los Angeles and New York, it appears the rank-and-file will accept it, the union can start the ratification process and may even allow members to return to work Monday.

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The formal resolution of the strike won’t come until the deal is ratified, which will take two weeks even with the writers’ support on Saturday. That support is also not guaranteed: Some members don’t like reports that the new deal still doesn’t boost their share of online media enough for the growth they expect in that market. (Read more television stories.)

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