The Writers Guild of America has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming studios violated federal law by breaking off negotiations. The WGA demanded in a statement Thursday that AMPTP return to the bargaining so the six-week strike can be ended.
WGA said it was "a clear violation of federal law for the AMPTP to issue an ultimatum and break off negotiations if we fail to cave to their illegal demands."
It also said it was irresponsible for AMPTP to break off talks in the midst of the holiday season "with thousands of our members and the membership of other unions out of work."
Negotiations broke off 12/7 when AMPTP refused to bargain further unless the union dropped a half dozen proposals that included the authority to unionize writers on reality shows and animation projects.
AMPTP responded with its own statement: The "baseless, desperate NLRB complaint is just the latest indication that the WGA’s negotiating strategy has achieved nothing for working writers."