April 8, 2014 | 11:44AM PT
“This year, ballots may be cast online, by mail (for those requesting a paper ballot) or at membership meetings in New York and Los Angeles on April 29, 2014,” said WGA West president Chris Keyser and WGA East president Michael Winship in an email to members.
The deadline for voting is two days before the the union’s current contract expires on May 1.
The tentative three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was reached April 2 following two days of talks over the options and exclusivity requirements for TV writers. The other issues had been settled as of the first week of March.
The new deal also includes a 3% annual wage increase; 5% annual increases in script minimums for hour-long dramatic basic cable rates; a 0.5% increase in the contribution to the pension fund; higher payments for ad-supported online streaming; and a reduced free streaming window from 17 days to seven days for the first seven episodes of a series.
This has got to be the only time these guys and gals come up with nothing but an “X” and still feel good about themselves.
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