A Letter from WGAE President Michael Winship

Dear Colleagues,

Important news.

In the next day or so you'll receive a letter and ballot from the Contract 2007 Negotiating Committee, the WGAE Council and the WGAW Board. You can find the text of that letter here.

We're asking you to vote to authorize us to call a strike against the AMPTP and the networks at the most advantageous moment once the current contract expires. Their proposals to eliminate residuals and their refusal to negotiate a reasonable residual rate for new media is one of the most startling and aggressive postures they have ever taken.

Despite their obstructionist stance, we intend to bargain with them and bargain hard. A strong "Yes" vote from you sends a clear, tough message to them that allows us to leverage our bargaining power at the negotiating table. With our membership standing strong and united, they cannot ignore our demands for straight answers and honest progress.

NOW is the time to be informed and get involved. We've set up a hotline at (212) 767-7850 for up-to-the-minute information and news.

What's more, you can go to the WGAE Contract 2007 webpage link here. We'll constantly be posting new and updated information.

If you're interested in volunteering, I urge you to do so. We have many opportunities and welcome your help. Contact Chris Aikin at mbaissues@wgaeast.org or at (212) 767-7808 for more information.

As always, you can contact me directly with your thoughts, ideas or concerns at mwinship@wgaeast.org .

Yours in solidarity,

Michael Winship

President, Writers Guild of America, East


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