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The writers strike of 2007-2008 is officially over. Did the writers win? That depends on what you consider winning. While I have not been able to find the particular details of the agreement between the studios and the WGA (Writers Guild of America) that ended the strike, I do know that it is based on the deal on the deal the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) made with the DGA (Directors Guild of America).
So what was the final cost of the strike? The AMPTP posted this picture on their website:
And to quote the LA Times, “Jack Kyser, the chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., estimates the walkout cost the local economy $3.2 billion. Of that total, an estimated $772 million came from lost wages by writers and production workers, $981 million was lost by various businesses that service the industry, including caterers to equipment rental houses; and an additional $1.3 billion from the ripple effect of consumers not spending as much at retail shops, restaurants and car dealers.”
So did the writers win? Were the gains realized by the writers from the strike worth the cost of the strike? The short answer to that question is no. What’s the long answer? See the short answer. Most writers admit that the deal isn’t great. Many don’t even think it’s that good. It certainly will not make up for the lost wages that the writers have lost from the strike. Good going WGA leadership, you guys rock!Buy the Moose a cup of coffee.