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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 […]

January 15, 2009

WGAE Urges Funding For Public Broadcasting

NEW YORK CITY – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) is urging the incoming Obama administration and new Congress to increase appropriations for public broadcasting. Hundreds of the WGAE’s members write and produce programming for public television, including such important and popular series as Frontline, Nova, Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, and American Experience, […]

September 4, 2008

WGAE Calls On Authorities To Respect Press Freedom

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA , EAST CALLS ON AUTHORITIES TO RESPECT PRESS FREEDOM We believe that the arrests and harassment of working journalists by the police, local and federal officials at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions go against the nature of our democracy. Journalists have not only the right, but the duty, to be […]

June 30, 2008

WGAE’s Michael Winship Participates In Launch Of InternetforEveryone.org

Writers Guild of America, East President Michael Winship was among the business leaders, Internet visionaries, legal scholars and public interest advocates participating in a press conference launching a new media initiative, InternetforEveryone.org. As the New York Times reported, "Several leading lights of the Internet world believe that access to broadband is a civil right, like […]

June 27, 2008

WGAE Voices Worker’s Rights On Blackberry Work Compensation

WGAE Voices Workers’ Rights In Media Interviews on Blackberry Work Compensation Should employees be compensated for working on a blackberry when not in the office? The Writers Guild of America, East thinks so and recently represented its members at ABC News in a dispute about company-issued blackberries. The company had insisted on a comprehensive waiver […]

May 13, 2008

Writers Guilds, East and West Support U.S. Resolution 28

News Release  WGAE Contact:  WGAW Contact:  Sherry Goldman  Gregg Mitchell  718.224.4133  323.782.4574    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                May 12, 2008 WRITERS GUILDS, WEST AND EAST SUPPORT U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION 28, CONTINUE EFFORTS TO CURB MEDIA CONSOLIDATION LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have […]

April 12, 2008

New York Extends COBRA Subsidy

The subsidy, which has helped over 1100 union members and their families maintain health insurance since January 2005, has been funded with two million dollars for each year 2008, 2009, and 2010, and $500,000 for the period January 1 to March 31, 2011. The subsidy pays half the cost of COBRA for entertainment industry union […]

July 9, 2007

What Is Net Neutrality?

When we log onto the Internet, we take a lot for granted. We assume we’ll be able to access any Web site we want, whenever we want, at the fastest speed, whether it’s a corporate or mom-and-pop site. We assume that we can use any service we like — watching online video, listening to podcasts, […]