Sunday, February 10, 2008

Writers optimistic about deal, but the strike isn't over yet

Striking writers will not return to work on Monday, as many of them had expected.

Shortly after taking the stage at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday evening, Patric Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America West, told the more than 3,000 union members gathered that the strike would not end until the members had voted to approve the tentative contract their leaders had crafted with the major Hollywood studios.

"I am personally recommending that we ratify this deal," Verrone told the crowd, which had assembled to hear details of the new contract. "It is the best deal the guild has bargained for in 30 years. Admittedly the contract has some holes."

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