Fears of a WGA collapse were based on the fact that it was the last Hollywood union to strike. In November 2007, in a bitter dispute over compensation for new media, the WGA remained outside for 100 days before an agreement was reached. At the time this happened, it was estimated that the shutdown had cost la`s economy more than $3 billion. These options can become a major handicap for writers working on shows that have short episode commissions and long breaks between seasons. So-called short series, with seasonal episode numbers of only six or eight, can be difficult for authors to juggle, as the overall rate of pay per episode is low compared to shows with a higher number of episodes per season. During the last negotiations on the WGA`s minimum base agreement in 2017, the guild secured a major adjustment in calculating the salary scale per episode for writers earning less than $280,000 per season.