WGA, ABC restart talks

Employees working under expired contract from '05

The Writers Guild of America East and ABC have relaunched long-stalled contract negotiations covering 225 newswriters, editors and producers, who have been working for well over a year under an expired contract.

In the first negotiating session since April, the WGA reported that the network presented a revised financial package that raised its previous offer by 1% over their proposed four-year contract period. 

The WGA East said it offered a revised three-year contract, which included the withdrawal and reduction of certain fees and also incorporated cost-of-living increases.

The guild also presented a revised proposal for increased training of entry level positions and responded to ABC’s temporary employee proposal, asserting that the unrestricted use of temporary employees would result in staff positions remaining permanently unfilled.

The two sides met Wednesday and Thursday at WGA headquarters in Gotham but did not set a date for reconvening. The employees have been working under a contract that expired Jan. 31, 2005.

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