Made in New York Writers Room Taking Applications for TV Fellowship Program

Following the program’s launch last year, the Made in New York Writers Room is accepting applications for its second six month fellowship program. The deadline to apply is Dec. 9. The Made in New York Writers Room fellowship works to identify eme…

Following the program’s launch last year, the Made in New York Writers Room is accepting applications for its second six month fellowship program. The deadline to apply is Dec. 9. The Made in New York Writers Room fellowship works to identify emerging local writers who come from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups. Following an application […]

John Oliver, David Simon & 70-Plus Other HBO Writers Call On Vice To Sign New Union Contracf

More than 75 current and former writers for HBO have signed a petition calling on Vice Media “to sign a strong union contract” with the WGA. The list includes several high-profile scribes including John Oliver, David Simon, Warren Leight, T…

More than 75 current and former writers for HBO have signed a petition calling on Vice Media “to sign a strong union contract” with the WGA. The list includes several high-profile scribes including John Oliver, David Simon, Warren Leight, Tom Fontana, Eric Overmyer and Jesse Armstrong. Read the petition and its signatories below. Editorial staffers at Vice overwhelmingly ratified their first contract with WGA East in April 2016, a three-year deal that was retroactive to…

WGA East President Beau Willimon Blasts “Trump-Cult” In Wake Of Bomb Mailings; Networks On “High Alert”

With news organizations nationwide on high alert for suspicious packages, Beau Willimon, president of the WGA East and creator of House of Cards, lashed out today at President Donald Trump and the “Trump-cult” in response to a series of devices deliver…

With news organizations nationwide on high alert for suspicious packages, Beau Willimon, president of the WGA East and creator of House of Cards, lashed out today at President Donald Trump and the "Trump-cult" in response to a series of devices delivered to Democratic leaders and a media outlet. "If @realDonaldTrump goes to Wisconsin today and calls the press 'the enemy of the people' or elicits chants of 'Lock her up' he will be reinforcing that any condemnation of the…

Salon Staff Ratifies New WGA East Contract

The WGA East’s first contract with Salon has been ratified unanimously by the digital news site’s editorial staff. The deal was hailed Wednesday by the guild, the staff and by the site’s management.
“Our collective bargaining agreement with Salon…

The WGA East's first contract with Salon has been ratified unanimously by the digital news site's editorial staff. The deal was hailed Wednesday by the guild, the staff and by the site's management. “Our collective bargaining agreement with Salon marks the Guild's seventh contract in digital media," WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson said. "We won important gains including minimum rates of pay that result in a third of the unit receiving an average increase of…

NBC Promo Writers Ratify New WGA East Contract

NBC promo writers unanimously have ratified a new three-year WGA East contract. “We are pleased that the company recognized the value of all of the employees in the unit, who remained united throughout the negotiations,” said Lowell Peterson, the guild…

NBC promo writers unanimously have ratified a new three-year WGA East contract. "We are pleased that the company recognized the value of all of the employees in the unit, who remained united throughout the negotiations," said Lowell Peterson, the guild's executive director. The new pact covers members who write and produce broadcast promotional materials for news programming at WNBC and NBC network news, including NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, News 4 New York and Megyn…

WGA Rejects ATA’s Offer Of Informal Talks In Advance Of Agency Rules Showdown

EXCLUSIVE: Leaders of the WGA East and WGA West have rejected the Association of Talent Agents’ offer to sit down for informal discussions in advance of formal bargaining next year on a new agreement governing the relationship between agents and writer…

EXCLUSIVE: Leaders of the WGA East and WGA West have rejected the Association of Talent Agents' offer to sit down for informal discussions in advance of formal bargaining next year on a new agreement governing the relationship between agents and writers. And in another sign that the guilds intend to play hardball in their efforts to reshape the agency business, sources say the WGA West has budgeted a whopping $600,000 to cover the cost of those upcoming negotiations. ATA…

Former WGA East President Michael Winship Elected to Council Seat

Former Writers Guild of America East president Michael Winship has won one of the seven open freelance seats on the WGA East Council. Others elected as freelance members on the council included newcomers Monica Lee Bellais and Kaitlin Fontana along wit…

Former Writers Guild of America East president Michael Winship has won one of the seven open freelance seats on the WGA East Council. Others elected as freelance members on the council included newcomers Monica Lee Bellais and Kaitlin Fontana along with incumbents Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes, Christopher Kyle, and Kyle Bradstreet. Incumbents Gail Lee […]

WGA East Elections: Ex-President Michael Winship & Nine Others Voted To Guild’s Council

Former WGA East president Michael Winship, who guided the guild through the tumultuous 2007-08 writers strike, has been elected to its Council, along with nine others. Winship served as president for five consecutive two-year terms – starting jus…

Former WGA East president Michael Winship, who guided the guild through the tumultuous 2007-08 writers strike, has been elected to its Council, along with nine others. Winship served as president for five consecutive two-year terms – starting just before the strike and ending in September 2017. Winship, a veteran news and documentary writer, was one of 11 candidates vying for seven freelance seats on the Council. The other freelancers elected are Monica Lee Bellais and…

WGA East 2018 Council Election – Former Guild President Michael Winship Gets Seat

WGA East announced the results of its 2018 council election on Thursday, with former president Michael Winship earning a freelance seat.
Joining Winship in the freelance seats are incumbents Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes, Christopher Kyle, and Kyle …

WGA East announced the results of its 2018 council election on Thursday, with former president Michael Winship earning a freelance seat.

Joining Winship in the freelance seats are incumbents Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes, Christopher Kyle, and Kyle Bradstreet; as well as newcomers Monica Lee Bellais and Kaitlin Fontana. Gail Lee and Kathy McGee were re-elected to their staff seats, and will be joined by Kelly Stout.

Freelance members work in screen, television and new media, and Staff members work in television, radio and digital news shops under the Guild’s jurisdiction. The new council’s tenure will begin on Friday and continue for two years.

Winship, a longtime writer for Bill Moyers, was president of WGA East from 2007-2017, being elected just two months before the guild initiated a writers’ strike that lasted 100 days. He chose not to run for a sixth term last year, being replaced as president by “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon.

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The WGA East and West will hold an online referendum of their members next month on proposed changes to the WGA’s Screen Credits Manual, which is used to determine writing credits on guild-covered films and TV shows. WGA officials say the proposed revi…

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Tina Fey & Samantha Bee Join Hundreds Of Writers Urging Slate & Thrillist To Sign WGA East Contract

A petition signed by Tina Fey, Samantha Bee, Michelle Wolf, Paul Haggis and 300 WGA members was delivered today to the managements of both Slate and Thrillist, urging the news websites to bargain in good faith for a new contract covering their writers …

A petition signed by Tina Fey, Samantha Bee, Michelle Wolf, Paul Haggis and 300 WGA members was delivered today to the managements of both Slate and Thrillist, urging the news websites to bargain in good faith for a new contract covering their writers and editorial staffs. "As WGA members in scripted film and television, we stand in solidarity with our colleagues at Slate and Thrillist as they bargain their first union contract," the petition states. "There is a long…

Hollywood’s Unions Have Thousands Of Financial Core Non-Members

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Former WGA East President Returns To Guild Politics In Council Race

Former WGA East president Michael Winship, who led the guild during the tumultuous 2007-08 writers strike, is making a return to guild politics. The veteran news and documentary writer is tossing his hat into the ring as one of 11 candidates vying for …

Former WGA East president Michael Winship, who led the guild during the tumultuous 2007-08 writers strike, is making a return to guild politics. The veteran news and documentary writer is tossing his hat into the ring as one of 11 candidates vying for seven freelance seats on the guild's council. Winship served as president for five consecutive two-year terms – starting just before the strike and ending in September. Council elections are divided into two categories…

Hollywood Unions Slam Supreme Court’s “Shameful” Janus Ruling

Refresh for latest… As organized labor was left reeling from today’s Supreme Court’s decision that public service employees don’t have to pay union fees, Hollywood guilds planted a flag of defiance.
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Refresh for latest… As organized labor was left reeling from today’s Supreme Court’s decision that public service employees don’t have to pay union fees, Hollywood guilds planted a flag of defiance. Read the ruling here. We’ll add more reactions as they come in. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris: “The Court made the wrong decision; a decision in favor of increasing the power of employers at the expense of their workers. Without engaged workers, union protections…

SAG-AFTRA Slams ‘Shameful’ Supreme Court Decision About Union Collective Bargaining

The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) railed against the Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, sentiments echoed by the Writers Guild of America East and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees unions.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Wednesday ruled that government workers who choose not to join unions may not be required to help pay for collective bargaining, per the New York Times. As a result of the 5-4 decision, public-sector unions could lose tens of millions of dollar in funding.

“Wrong decision,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, who serves as a vice president on the AFL-CIO’s executive council, said afterward. She also called the ruling “shameful.”

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The decision means those who are eligible but choose to not join a workers’ union do not have to pay its union dues. Unions do not agree with the notion as they argue these non-union workers still enjoy union benefits.

“The Court made the wrong decision; a decision in favor of increasing the power of employers at the expense of their workers. Without engaged workers, union protections become more vulnerable,” said Carteris (pictured above) in a statement. “This ruling is a direct attempt to weaken unions, the very organizations who allow workers to speak together as one, to have a voice in their wages, their safety at work, and their healthcare and retirement. The Supreme Court’s decision directly overturns a decision made by the Court in 1977. Have workers lives improved so much that unions can now be so blatantly attacked? Are workers all better off now? Are employers sharing in their success with all those who make them successful? No.”

“This shameful decision only serves to strengthen our resolve to find ways to protect working families in this country,” she continued. “Now more than ever as professionals, we must come together and renew our commitment to speak as one. To be strong in the face of all attempts to minimize us. We know that fighting for a better life for you and your family is what unions do. It’s time for unions, and the workers who make them vibrant and strong, to show this court and those who would attack and diminish working people that this is unacceptable. When workers come together, workers win, and that did not change today.”

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SAG-AFTRA is not alone in its firm opposition. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees joined the vocal dissension.

“This terrible decision is a sign of our times and the political mess in which we find ourselves,” IATSE International president Matthew D. Loeb said. “Soon, all working people, not just those in the public sector, will face the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s actions, in the form of diminished bargaining rights and weaker contracts.”

“This is a dark day for all of organized labor, but we can and we must continue to press back against this ongoing assault,” he continued. “We must continue to grow and strengthen our unions through organizing, no matter what the laws are. We didn’t need permission to fight back against the robber barons of the Gilded Age, and we do not need it to fight back against the robber barons of today.”

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The WGA East is also on board with being decidedly not on board with the SCOTUS ruling. Here is the Writers Guild Association East’s full remarks:

“We should harbor no illusions about this terrible decision: it was the product of raw power politics, not constitutional deliberation. The Koch Brothers and their hard-right-wing allies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent decades to undermine the ability of working Americans to fight for themselves, to have a voice on the job, to win terms and conditions of employment that make it possible to support a family and pay the bills.”

“The Janus decision is part of a cynical scheme (which included the U.S. Senate’s stunning refusal to consider a nominee to replace Antonin Scalia in 2016) to deprive public sector labor organizations of the basic ability to sustain themselves, financially. Score one for the plutocrats, who have won an ugly victory at the expense of the people who build our roads and teach our children and fight our fires.”

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Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, No. 16-1466, was brought forward by Mark Janus, a child support specialist who works for the state government in Illinois. He sued the union, saying he does not agree with its positions and should not be forced to pay fees to support its work.

The conservative justices on the Supreme Court agreed, overturning the decision in 1977 case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) railed against the Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, sentiments echoed by the Writers Guild of America East and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees unions.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Wednesday ruled that government workers who choose not to join unions may not be required to help pay for collective bargaining, per the New York Times. As a result of the 5-4 decision, public-sector unions could lose tens of millions of dollar in funding.

“Wrong decision,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, who serves as a vice president on the AFL-CIO’s executive council, said afterward. She also called the ruling “shameful.”

The decision means those who are eligible but choose to not join a workers’ union do not have to pay its union dues. Unions do not agree with the notion as they argue these non-union workers still enjoy union benefits.

“The Court made the wrong decision; a decision in favor of increasing the power of employers at the expense of their workers. Without engaged workers, union protections become more vulnerable,” said Carteris (pictured above) in a statement. “This ruling is a direct attempt to weaken unions, the very organizations who allow workers to speak together as one, to have a voice in their wages, their safety at work, and their healthcare and retirement. The Supreme Court’s decision directly overturns a decision made by the Court in 1977. Have workers lives improved so much that unions can now be so blatantly attacked? Are workers all better off now? Are employers sharing in their success with all those who make them successful? No.”

“This shameful decision only serves to strengthen our resolve to find ways to protect working families in this country,” she continued. “Now more than ever as professionals, we must come together and renew our commitment to speak as one. To be strong in the face of all attempts to minimize us. We know that fighting for a better life for you and your family is what unions do. It’s time for unions, and the workers who make them vibrant and strong, to show this court and those who would attack and diminish working people that this is unacceptable. When workers come together, workers win, and that did not change today.”

SAG-AFTRA is not alone in its firm opposition. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees joined the vocal dissension.

“This terrible decision is a sign of our times and the political mess in which we find ourselves,” IATSE International president Matthew D. Loeb said. “Soon, all working people, not just those in the public sector, will face the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s actions, in the form of diminished bargaining rights and weaker contracts.”

“This is a dark day for all of organized labor, but we can and we must continue to press back against this ongoing assault,” he continued. “We must continue to grow and strengthen our unions through organizing, no matter what the laws are. We didn’t need permission to fight back against the robber barons of the Gilded Age, and we do not need it to fight back against the robber barons of today.”

The WGA East is also on board with being decidedly not on board with the SCOTUS ruling. Here is the Writers Guild Association East’s full remarks:

“We should harbor no illusions about this terrible decision: it was the product of raw power politics, not constitutional deliberation. The Koch Brothers and their hard-right-wing allies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent decades to undermine the ability of working Americans to fight for themselves, to have a voice on the job, to win terms and conditions of employment that make it possible to support a family and pay the bills.”

“The Janus decision is part of a cynical scheme (which included the U.S. Senate’s stunning refusal to consider a nominee to replace Antonin Scalia in 2016) to deprive public sector labor organizations of the basic ability to sustain themselves, financially. Score one for the plutocrats, who have won an ugly victory at the expense of the people who build our roads and teach our children and fight our fires.”

Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, No. 16-1466, was brought forward by Mark Janus, a child support specialist who works for the state government in Illinois. He sued the union, saying he does not agree with its positions and should not be forced to pay fees to support its work.

The conservative justices on the Supreme Court agreed, overturning the decision in 1977 case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

WGA East Survey Finds “Significant Barriers” To Reporting Sexual Harassment; Many Cite Inadequate Employer Training

A survey about sexual harassment conducted by the WGA East has found that there are “significant barriers to people reporting when they have experienced sexual harassment,” according to Lowell Peterson, the guild’s executive director. Among those obsta…

A survey about sexual harassment conducted by the WGA East has found that there are "significant barriers to people reporting when they have experienced sexual harassment," according to Lowell Peterson, the guild's executive director. Among those obstacles to reporting, he wrote in a recent letter the guild's members and council, are "fear of career damage, lack of confidence that the employer would take real action, and fear of the perpetrator." The survey asked a series…

Donald Trump’s Attacks On Media Taking A Toll On Broadcasters, WGA East Survey Finds

A survey of WGA East members who work at ABC and CBS news operations has found that nearly half of those responding said that President Donald Trump’s constant attacks on the media have taken a toll on them. Trump, the most virulently anti-press presid…

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WGA East Mounts New Effort To Link Diversity To NY Film Tax Credits

The WGA East and its supporters in the New York Assembly are taking another crack at a bill that would link diversity hiring to the state’s $420 million-a-year film incentives program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a similar bill in December, saying the inc…

The WGA East and its supporters in the New York Assembly are taking another crack at a bill that would link diversity hiring to the state's $420 million-a-year film incentives program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a similar bill in December, saying the incentives program was "extremely oversubscribed" and that the proposed legislation contained "technical difficulties which make the bill fatally defective." The new bill, like the old one, would allocate up to $5 million…

Talking Points Memo News Site Joins Rush To Unionize With WGA East

The editorial staff of Talking Points Memo, the web-based political journalism site, has unionized with the WGA East, with management agreeing to recognize the guild as the collective bargaining representative of its 11-member staff.
It’s the la…

The editorial staff of Talking Points Memo, the web-based political journalism site, has unionized with the WGA East, with management agreeing to recognize the guild as the collective bargaining representative of its 11-member staff. It’s the latest in a steady stream of digital news organizations that have signed with the guild, including Huffington Post, Salon, Slate, The Onion, Vice, MTV News, Vox Media, The Dodo, Thrillist, The Intercept, ThinkProgress and the…

WGA Members Hear Final Pitch for Need to Renegotiate Packaging Deal With Talent Agencies

Members of the WGA West gathered for their third and final meeting tonight to hear their leaders lay the groundwork for renegotiating the guild’s decades-old agreement with the Association of Talent Agents covering the packaging of TV series.
Leaders of the WGA East and West haven’t yet reached out to the ATA to renegotiate the pact, but say there’s growing concern among their members about the “conflict of interest inherent in production and packaging,” in which agencies…

Members of the WGA West gathered for their third and final meeting tonight to hear their leaders lay the groundwork for renegotiating the guild's decades-old agreement with the Association of Talent Agents covering the packaging of TV series. Leaders of the WGA East and West haven't yet reached out to the ATA to renegotiate the pact, but say there's growing concern among their members about the "conflict of interest inherent in production and packaging," in which agencies…

Slate’s News Staff Votes to Join WGA East

The editorial staff of Slate has voted to be represented by the WGA East – the latest in a growing list of online news organizations whose writers and editors have voted to unionize. Following the vote, the news outlet’s management agreed to recognize the union as its staff’s collective bargaining representative.
“Employees at Slate have made themselves heard, resounding in their decision to join the movement for collective bargaining across the industry,” said WGA East…

The editorial staff of Slate has voted to be represented by the WGA East – the latest in a growing list of online news organizations whose writers and editors have voted to unionize. Following the vote, the news outlet's management agreed to recognize the union as its staff's collective bargaining representative. "Employees at Slate have made themselves heard, resounding in their decision to join the movement for collective bargaining across the industry," said WGA East…