The Writers Guild of America has voted to authorize a strike, with 96 percent in favor – Updated by Alissa Wilkinson and Todd VanDerWerff Apr 24, 2017, 8:39pm EDT

Film and TV writers voted in greater numbers than they did before the last strike in 2007.

On Monday, film and TV writers took the next step toward walking off sets all over the country — a move with big consequences for the entertainment industry. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) voted by a margin of 96 percent to authorize a strike. The numbers were first reported by Variety.

In all, 6,310 ballots were cast, and 67.5 percent of eligible WGA membership voted. Those numbers are actually slightly higher than those of the guild’s 2007 vote to authorize a strike, when 90 percent of the vote was in favor of a strike with 5,507 ballots cast. That number was seen as a massive turnout for the WGA, so the comparatively better 2017 numbers will likely be viewed the same as the WGA and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) return to the negotiation table.

Talks between the two organizations are set to resume on Tuesday, less than a week before the WGA’s contract with the AMPTP expires on May 1. If the talks don’t succeed, WGA members will likely stop work starting May 2. In the past, WGA strikes have lasted anywhere from two to 22 weeks, and have had far-reaching effects on TV and film.

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