WGAE and WGAW Presidents’ Letter on NLRB Charges

Dear Fellow Members:

The AMPTP and each of its member companies have a legal obligation to bargain in good faith with the Writers Guilds, East and West. Their unilateral walkout from negotiations last Friday and their ongoing refusal to bargain are illegal under the National Labor Relations Act. Therefore, the WGA yesterday filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against the AMPTP with the National Labor Relations Board.

The Directors Guild's announcement today that it may begin negotiations with the AMPTP in January in no way relieves the AMPTP of their legal obligation to negotiate with us. The only legal way for the AMPTP to remedy the Unfair Labor Practice charge we have filed is to return to the bargaining table.

The WGA Negotiating Committee and leadership are working hard on many fronts to bring the AMPTP back to the table. In the meantime, your presence on the picket lines Monday, along with your support for the Guild, is critical in increasing our leverage with the companies.

The companies walked out of talks for the second time last Friday, and are using every possible tactic to attempt to divide our members and create ill will. They have recently employed a team of highly-paid spin-doctors to take attention away from the fact that it was the companies who unilaterally and illegally broke off negotiations, and to make it seem as if the Writers Guilds were more interested in reality and animation than in new media compensation and jurisdiction. We assure you that this is not the case. The Writers Guild's proposals remain reasonable and affordable.

The companies' refusal to bargain in good faith is a callous and cynical act, denying paychecks to thousands of families this holiday season. The Writers Guilds, East and West strongly urge the AMPTP to return to the table and begin good-faith negotiations, so that our members and the rest of the community can get back to work as soon as possible.

Michael Winship


Writers Guild of America, East

Patric M. Verrone


Writers Guild of America, West