WGA East Reaches Deal With ABC

Deal will be sent out for ratification in the next two weeks

The Writers Guild of America East has reached a tentative deal on a new three-year contract with ABC News, covering 142 members in New York and Washington, D.C.

Deal will be sent out for ratification in the next two weeks, the guild said.

The pact covers newswriters, producers, assignment editors, promo producers, graphic artists and desk assistants. It contains 2% annual pay increases plus increased contributions to the WGA pension plan.

The agreement is retroactive to Feb. 1 and will replace the current pact, which expired Jan. 31.

“We were able to negotiate contributions necessary to maintain one of the best pension benefits available in the industry, as well as respectable pay increases,” said WGA East exec director Lowell Peterson in a statement. “We continue to build a productive relationship with ABC News, ensuring that our members remain central to the news gathering and production operations, and that they are appropriately compensated for the enormous value they bring.”

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