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As WGA Sets April 11 for Strike Authorization Vote, Writers Weigh In, and Even Ben Mekler’s Not Messing Around This Time

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The Writers Guild of America is ready to strike, as the guild has set a strike authorization vote that will begin on April 11.

The WGA began contract talks on March 20 with AMPTP representatives for the major studios, streamers, and networks, and their pleas for better pay have thus far fallen on deaf ears. Should things continue in this direction, a work stoppage could begin as soon as the current contract expires on May 1.

WGA members will be able to start voting online at 8:30 p.m. PT on April 11 through 12 p.m. PT on April 17, and it is widely expected that enough guild members will vote to authorize a strike.

“The studios need to respond to the crisis writers face,” the WGA West wrote in a statement that was disseminated on Twitter on Monday. “WGA members must demonstrate our willingness to fight for the contract writers need and deserve by supporting a strike authorization vote. The effect of a yes vote is to authorize the WGA leadership to call for a strike after May 1st if the companies are unwilling to meet our reasonable and fair demands. Over the past decade, the companies embraced business practices that slashed our compensation and undermined our working conditions. We are asking to restore writer pay & conditions to reflect our value to this industry. The survival of our profession is at stake.”

The WGA has asked members to check their email for important details regarding the vote, noting that “the time has come again” for writers to “fight for what [they] deserve.” Even though both sides had scheduled a two-week break that began on Monday, communication is expected to continue given the gravity of the situation.

Below is a small sampling of strike-related tweets from high-profile writers, including oft-quoted “critic” Ben Mekler, who isn’t kidding around this time. Take a look below to gauge where most writers are leaning here…

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