Excerpts from the letter that went to WGA’s strike captains today, following the board’s official approval of the new contract terms, earlier this morning:
DEAR STRIKE CAPTAINS,
This morning, the WGA Negotiating Committee unanimously and unconditionally recommended the terms of the proposed 2008 MBA to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council. The Board and Council then voted unanimously to recommend the contract, and to submit it to the joint membership of WGAW and WGAE for ratification. Ratification ballots will be mailed soon, and the ratification vote will be conducted over the next few weeks.More information about the ratification vote will be sent to you in a few days.
(there are then a couple of paragraphs explaining how to vote to ratify, either in person at the WGA, or via fax, etc., and then:)
The strike remains in effect until the votes are counted. Results will be announced on Tuesday night.
(all of which is well and good and splendid — but didn’t they just say the “ratification vote will be conducted over the next few weeks?” And then finally:)
NO PICKETING MONDAY AND TUESDAY — All pickets are suspended until the WGA membership votes to either end or continue the strike.
So… what will you be doing the first two business days of the new week?