ABC, WGAE forge tentative deal


While CBS News writers prepare for their alleged 12/10 strike, ABC and the WGA East have a tentative contract agreement for the network’s union news writers and other staffers. The guild set a vote date of 12/13 to ratify. The agreement covers 250 ABC News writers, editors and graphic artists in NYC and DC, including ABC News and WABC-TV. The contract would run through 2/1/10. The union members have been working without one since 1/31/05. Each would get 3.5% annual raises and a 3,700 dollar contract bonus for full-time employees (prorated for others).