After 148 days, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike has officially come to an end.
According to Variety, a unanimous vote took place on Tuesday (Sept. 26) to lift the strike order as of 12:01 a.m. PST on Wednesday from both the board of the WGA West and council of the WGA East, following a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) that was reached on Sunday (Sept. 24).
Writers may now return to work as of Wednesday and don’t have to wait until the ratification vote takes place from Oct. 2-Oct. 9. Meetings are scheduled in Los Angeles, New York, and on Zoom this week for union members to flesh out the details of the contract.
The 94-page contract up for ratification was released by the WGA, and features artificial intelligence (AI) protections, such as that writers can’t be required to use AI software in their work and that writers must be made aware if any materials given to them during the writing process were generated by AI.
This strike marked the second longest in the history of the WGA, following the 1988 strike that lasted 153 days, per Entertainment Weekly.
SAG-AFTRA remains on strike against the AMPTP after 75 days. The union posted on Instagram Tuesday night (Sept. 26) to share that “at this time, [they] have no confirmed dates scheduled to meet with the AMPTP.”
“When we do have dates confirmed, we will inform you,” they continued. “Unless you hear it from us, it’s hearsay.”
For more information on the terms of the WGA strike’s resolution, a summary of the Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) is available on their website.