September 8, 2016

City Agencies Join WGAE To Launch “Made In NY Writers Room” Program To Increase Diversity in NYC’s TV Writers’ Rooms

Intensive six-month fellowship will provide talented writers from diverse backgrounds with the tools they need to excel in NYC’s booming television industry  Creatives from hit shows including House of Cards, Empire, Billions and The Affair to serve as mentors to up-and-coming writers New York—The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the New York City Department […]

January 9, 2014

RIP Arthur Daley

Writers Guild of America, East is sad to announce the passing of long time council member Arthur Daley. Daley served on the WGAE council since 2008. He joined the Guild in 1997 after he became a writer and producer for WCBS-TV in New York City. He also wrote for CNN and WABC, among other broadcasters. […]

January 7, 2014

Pattern of Demands Voting Results

Last month, in preparation for our upcoming negotiations with the AMPTP for a new Minimum Basic Agreement, members of the WGAE and WGAW were asked to vote on a Pattern of Demands. Recommended unanimously by the WGA Negotiating Committee and by the governing bodies of both Guilds, the Pattern of Demands outlined the general objectives […]

February 2, 2012

Are You a Victim of Wage Theft?

When an employer refuses to pay you all of the money you are legally owed under US Labor Law, that employer is stealing your wages.Common forms of wage theft in non-fiction TV are   *non-payment of overtime,   *not paying for all the hours worked,   *and misclassifying of employees. While wage theft occurs in every income-tax bracket, […]

September 16, 2011

Executive Director’s Update

As I set out to describe the state of the union, I find myself reflecting on the State of the Union, and what that means for writers.  As important as it is for the Writers Guild of America, East to do well at our basic tasks (negotiating and enforcing contracts, administering residuals and credits, collecting […]

September 13, 2011

Writers March in Labor Day Parade

  Members gave many reasons for marching in NYC’s annual Labor Day Parade “Unions built the middle class and they are the only hope of preserving it” said David Auburn (pictured below left with John Yarbrough). “People fought long and hard for our rights” said Tom Kemnitz (pictured above left with Marygrace O’Shea). Members offered […]

May 10, 2011

Report to Council and Members May 2011

    The last twelve months at the WGAE were extraordinary.  We negotiated three major collective bargaining agreements, moved the entire operation to new space, presented a wide range of programs for members’ education and entertainment, presented our annual Awards with panache, organized many new companies, and extended our political work.  We have worked closely with […]

April 12, 2011

Council Nominations Open, 2011 Annual Meeting Announced

Dear Member:The Annual Meeting and election of Council Members, including the offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer, will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011.Enclosed you will find a nomination form and directions.  Any current member is entitled to nominate candidates for the Council and for the officer positions. Nine Council seats expire this […]

April 5, 2011

Unions Must Change as American Workers Move from the Factory to the ‘Information Economy’

Executive Director Lowell Peterson explains to Alternet how the WGAE is able to build professional and economic solidarity even in the absence of large worksites where people have daily contact with each other. Read his article.

February 23, 2011

Writers Guild of America, East Supports Public Employees in Wisconsin

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) supports the efforts of public employee unions in the state of Wisconsin to retain their right to engage in collective bargaining. The WGAE opposes legislation pushed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker which would remove almost all workplace issues from the bargaining table and would force every public employee […]