Our Constitution

Constitution and By-Laws
of the Writers Guild of America, East

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Article I           Name and Seal          1

Article II         Objectives      1-2

Article III        Government and Administration of the Guild       2-4

  1. The Guild       2
  2. Governing Body 2
  3. Power and Authority of the Council 2
  4. Executive Director and Counsel 3
  5. Executive Committee 3

Article IV        Membership  4-8

  1. General           4
  2. Membership Classes             4
  3. Current Membership                       4
  4. Lifetime Membership           5
  5. Post-Current Membership   5
  6. Non-Current Membership   5
  7. Non-Resident Writers     6
  8. Discipline, Voting and Other Rights of Members of the Guild            6
  9. Current Members     6
  10. Post-Current Members        6
  11. Non-Current Members         7
  12. Members Declared in Arrears and in Bad Standing         7
  13. Resignation          7

 

  1. Application Procedure    7

Article V          Election, Term of Office and Nomination of Officers and Members to the Council; Vacancies; Recall; Shop Stewards         8-10

  1. Officers           8
  2. Council Members      8
  3. Nomination    8
  4. Nomination Procedure for Officers and Council Members         8
  5.          Qualifications of Nominees              8
  6. Elections         9
  7. Time and Place          9
  8. Voting             9
  9. Tenure of Office        9
  10. Filling Vacancies        9
  11. Recall              10
  12. Shop Stewards          10

Article VI        Council Meetings; Rights and Obligations of Guild Officers         11-12

  1. Council Meetings             11
  2. Officers     12
  3. Orientation Meeting        12

Article VII       Membership Meetings         12-15

Article VIII      Dues, Assessments and Finances    15-19

  1. Dues and Assessments         15
  2. Guild Finances           17
  3. Fiscal Year      18

Article IX        Negotiation and Ratification of Collective Bargaining Agreements; Restraining Orders           19-26

  1. Preparation and Approval of Demands     19
  2. Ratification     21
  3. Restraining Orders   21
  4. Extension of the 1988 MBA with Amendments    25
  5. General           25
  6. Ratification     25
  7. Council and Board of Directors Votes    25
  8. Membership Votes           25
  9. Amendments Pursuant to the Contract Adjustment   26

Committee of the Writers Guild of America Theatrical

and Television Basic Agreement – 1992 Extension

Article X          Discipline       27-31

  1. Grounds         27
  2. General           27
  3. Dual Unionism Defined        27
  4. Scab Script Defined  27
  5. Pseudonyms  28
  6. False Statement in Membership Application         28
  7.          Readmission to Membership           28
  8. Procedure      28

1a.       Charging Party – Who May File Charges    28

1b.       Time for Filing Charges        28

1c.       Content of Charges   28

  1. Council Determination of Charge: Dismiss or Refer to Trial Board     29
  2. Appointment of Trial Board             29
  3. Notice to Member Being Charged; Challenges; Continuances     29
  4. Trial Procedure         29
  5. Decision of the Trial Board  30
  6. Council Review of Trial Board Report         30
  7. Appeal to Membership         31
  8. Modification of Penalty by Council 31

Article XI        Mediation and Arbitration   31-33

  1. Objective        31
  2. Mediation and Arbitration Proceedings     31
  3. Eligibility        31
  4. Participation  32
  5. Mediation       32
  6. Arbitration     32
  7. Procedures for Initiating an Arbitration           32
  8. Expedited Procedures     32
  9.   The Arbitration Tribunal 33
  10. Notice of Hearing 33
  11. The Arbitration Hearing  33

Article XII       Amendments 34

Article XIII      Notices            34

Article XIV      Affiliation       34-43

  1. Affiliation Agreement           34
  2. Rights and Obligations         35
  3. Membership  35
  4. Information Exchange          36
  5. Signatories to Collective Bargaining Agreements and Codes       36
  6. Common Standards and Procedures for Joint Votes        38
  7. National Officers and Council          38
  8. The National Council             38
  9. National Officers       39
  10. Expenses of the Officers      39
  11. Policy Statement       39
  12. Voting Rights of Councils      40
  13. Term of Affiliation     40

Article XV       Dissolution     40

Article XVI      Working Rules Writers Guild of America, East, Inc.           41

Code of Working Rules

Operating       41

Employment  41

Speculative Writing  43

Credits and Arbitration        43

Pseudonym    43

Original Stories, Series, and Program Ideas;          43

Original Radio, Screen and Teleplays

Advertising    44

Agents            45

Addresses      45