Striking Writers to Vote on Contract

Television writers may be back on the job as early as Wednesday following a move by the Writers Guild to end a three-month-old walkout that has shut down production on many shows.

Union leaders are backing a tentative three-year contract offer from the studios and is asking members to vote separately on whether to end the strike. Writers will meet in New York and Los Angeles Tuesday.

The proposal offers writers a share of digital media revenue, including compensation for television shows and movies delivered over the Internet.

While one union leader said the deal is not what they had hoped it would be, he said it is still the best one the guild has bargained for in 30 years.

Writers have offered resounding support for the plan.

They will hold a formal vote to ratify the contract.

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