April 1, 2013

WGAE’s Letter to President Obama about FCC Nominations

WGAE President Michael Winship and Executive Director Lowell Peterson urged President Obama to nominate to the FCC commissioners who are "committed to the robust, open communication of ideas and programs over the airways and wires." Click here to read more.

May 31, 2012

WGAE Sends Delegation to Albany

On May 30, a delegation of WGAE members and staff went to Albany to remind state Assemblymembers and Senators that the great television shows and movies filmed in New York start with scripts written by Guild members. Front row: Courtney Simon, John Marshall, Bonnie Datt; Back row: Kyle Bradstreet, Jason Spiegel, Michael Winship, Richard Winston, Lowell Peterson, Geoff […]

March 29, 2012

Unions Make Health Care Affordable, by Lowell Peterson

Lost in the scrum surrounding the Supreme Court’s review of the health coverage mandate in the Affordable Health Care Act (a mandate which, it should be noted, was first proposed by conservatives as an alternative to anything that might resemble government-provided universal coverage) is a discussion of how we got into this position in the […]

January 23, 2012

WGAE Urges the FCC to Stop Consolidation of Ownership of News

Excerpts from the Guild’s comments to the FCC:“The Writers Guild of America, East takes issue with the assertion made by various media companies that consolidation of ownership frees up resources to improve news coverage. There is no substitute for spending on trained, experienced journalists and giving them the time and resources necessary to investigate, write, […]

October 24, 2011

Demonstration at ITV’s New York HQ

Friday morning, October 21, the Writers Guild of America East protested outside the New York offices of ITV Studios demanding that the company, which produces highly successful scripted reality television programming, give its American employees the same rights as their unionized British counterparts. WGAE was joined in the action by members of the Writers Guild of […]

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 […]

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.

March 16, 2011

Writers Go to DC to Defend Public Media

On March 15 PBS writers went to Capitol Hill to help deliver over 1 million petition signatures– including signatures from hundreds of Guild members, calling on congress to save PBS. A coalition of groups including AFTRA, Credo Action, CWA, Free Press, MoveOn and NABET held a press conference and presented the signatures to congressional offices. […]

December 21, 2010

WGAE issued the following statement today in response to today’s FCC vote on Net Neutrality

For Immediate Release:     “A compromise means the parties to a dispute reach agreement. Here, no one has agreed to anything. These tepid rules will be challenged in court and in Congress, and they fail in the most fundamental ways – permitting paid prioritization and all manner of discrimination in wireless.  Our members write most […]

December 6, 2010

WGAE Meets with FCC Commissioner Copps

On Friday, December 3, a WGAE contingent met with Michael Copps, one of the five members of the Federal Communications Commission.  We discussed the consolidation of ownership of media companies, the downward financial pressures on broadcast news, and Net Neutrality. Commissioner Copps has been a stalwart and articulate supporter of the rights of communities and […]