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Maybe not a thaw — just global heat? Writers vote for strike authorization

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Of course, this doesn’t mean there’ll be a strike — but the WGA wanted their negotiators to be “fully strapped,” heading into talks. Thus, the vote allowing them to pull the trigger, as they deem necessary.

Union Says It’s Still Hoping to Negotiate a Deal

Los Angeles (AP) — Members of Hollywood’s film and television writers union have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike anytime after their contract expires at the end of the month. And if they do stop working, it could have a serious impact on the upcoming TV season and many film projects.

The union says more than 5,000 members of the Writers Guild of America cast ballots on the issue, with 90 percent voting in favor of authorizing the strike.

“Writers do not want to strike, but they are resolute and prepared to take strong, united action to defend our interests,” guild President Patric Verrone said in a news release. “What we must have is a contract that gives us the ability to keep up with the financial success of this ever-expanding global industry.”

Since July, the guild has been in talks with film studios and production companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Both sides acknowledge they have not made progress.

Nick Counter, the alliance’s president, said he was not surprised by the vote.

“Our focus is on negotiating a reasonable agreement with the WGA,” he said in a news release.

A key issue dividing producers and writers, as well as actors, whose contract expires next June, is compensation for DVD sales and productions that get distributed on the Internet or in other new media formats…

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