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June 29, 2010

WGAE talks with FCC Chair about film, piracy and the future of journalism

Michael Winship led a Q&A with Chairman Julius Genachowski at the Silverdocs Festival. The Chairman said “The most important thing we can do with this new medium … is to make sure … the Internet is open for content creators…" Read more here.

May 28, 2010

WGAE Members Joined AFL-CIO March on Wall Street

On April 29th, WGAE members and staff joined the AFL-CIO and thousands of union and community activists in a march from City Hall through the financial district to spread the message “Make Wall Street Pay!” Read more about it and read the running commentary on Twitter.WGAE Members Rallied and Marched on Wall StreetWall Street tanked […]

May 26, 2010

Chevron’s “Crude” Attempt to Suppress Free Speech

"There’s another important story involving Big Oil and pollution — one that shatters not only the environment but the essential First Amendment right of journalists to tell truth and shame the devil."Read the rest of Michael Winship and Bill Moyers column at PBS.org

May 26, 2010

WGAE Issues Statement on Net Neutrality

“The Writers Guild of America, East is deeply troubled by the report in the May 2 Washington Post suggesting that FCC Chair Julius Genachowski is ‘leaning toward’ a decision not to reclassify broadband as a ‘telecommunications service’ under Title II of the Communications Act. The FCC can and must act decisively to protect the Internet […]

May 5, 2010

Deeply troubled by rumors of FCC inaction on net neutrality

“The Writers Guild of America, East is deeply troubled by the report in the May 2 Washington Post suggesting that FCC Chair Julius Genachowski is ‘leaning toward’ a decision not to reclassify broadband as a ‘telecommunications service’ under Title II of the Communications Act. The FCC can and must act decisively to protect the Internet […]

January 8, 2010

WGAE Joins Unions and Industry Groups Opposing NBC-Comcast Merger

Dear President Obama and Members of Congress: We represent a broad group of industry, labor and public interest organizations that are gravely concerned about Comcast’s proposed acquisition of NBC-Universal. We believe that a merger of this size and scope will have a devastating effect on the media marketplace. It will result in less competition, higher […]

January 5, 2010

In the Matter of Preserving the Open Internet Comments of the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, supports the proposed codification of the six principles described in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted October 22, 2009. We think it is critical that the extraordinary potential of the Internet not be stifled by corporate conglomerates that restrict access for their own commercial gain. The WGAE represents […]

November 19, 2009

WGAE Tells NYC Council: Net Neutrality Protects Digital Content Creators

On November 20, Executive Director Lowell Peterson told the New York City Council that net neutrality is crucial in protecting the creators of digital content. His testimony, on behalf of the WGAE, supported Resolution 712-A, which "calls upon the Federal Communications Commission to codify strong network neutrality principles in order to ensure that the Internet […]

July 24, 2009

WGAE Continues Advocacy Efforts For Increased Funding For Public Media

“ Sesame Street ” Writers Advocate in Washington D.C. for Increased Funding for Public Media On Thursday, July 23, “ Sesame Street ” writers Judy Freudberg and William Levin, along with “West Wing” and “Without a Trace” writer Allison Abner,  accompanied WGA East staff to advocate for increased funding in public media. The members of […]

June 26, 2009

WGAE Takes Part in National Health Reform and Lobby Day

On June 25th, the WGAE participated in an AFL-CIO sponsored National Health Care Reform and Lobby Day in Washington D.C.  We went down together with members and staff from other talent unions including SAG, AFTRA, Actor’s Equity, and the AFM. The rally was attended by over 20,000 union members from all over the county from […]