May 2, 2017

Hollywood writers avoid strike with health funding

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The Writers Guild of America reached a tentative three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, avoiding a strike that would have seen the disruption of movie and television production, per the LA Times.

The big thing: Health care was one of the major sticking points in the negotiations as the WGA's self-funded plan teetered toward insolvency even as Hollywood studio revenue continued to skyrocket. As a part of the deal, the WGA secured a "substantial increase" from the $60 million in proposed health funding in the studios' last offer that "should ensure [the health plan's] solvency for years to come," according to WGA leaders.

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