The two-and-a-half hour meeting of the WGA‘s East Coast members was essentially informational, but members seemed to like the information they were getting.
No vote was taken but the sentiment was strong in favor of the tentative pact. Members said the room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Broadway theater district came alive with cheers at various points. Some skeptics drilled into details and asked pointed questions, but an exodus of satisfied scribes began after about an hour.
“This is a historic moment for writers in this country,” said Michael Moore. “There is a certain irony about the achievement. I would have thought it’d be autoworkers or ironworkers getting this victory but instead it’s the people who got beat up in school for writing in their journals.”