To: Managers and Attorneys who represent WGA members
Re: Limited Delegation of Authority to Negotiate Overscale Terms with Guild-Signatory Companies
Writers Guild of America, West, Inc., together with Writers Guild of America, East, Inc. (collectively, “Guild” or “WGA”), is the exclusive representative for the purpose of collective bargaining of all writers (“Writers”) employed under the WGA Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement (“MBA”). As such, under the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. § 151 et seq., the Guild is vested with the exclusive right to bargain over wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment on behalf of such Writers. The Guild, in its sole discretion, may delegate its exclusive bargaining authority on terms that it establishes.
The Guild, as the exclusive bargaining representative, hereby authorizes you to procure employment and negotiate overscale terms and conditions of employment for individual Writers in connection with MBA-covered employment and MBA-covered options and purchases of literary material, consistent with Article 9 of the MBA. Nothing herein shall be construed to permit you to negotiate terms and conditions of employment inferior to or in conflict with the terms of the MBA.
This limited delegation of bargaining authority shall be effective as of the date of this letter and may be revoked by the Guild upon ten days’ email notification to you.
If you have any questions, please contact Agency.