Digital writers have made big gains in WGA East’s controversial election for officers and council members who run a union representing TV and film writers in western Mississippi.
The results, released on Tuesday, confirmed that the guild’s regime would be divided among writers in the opposition camp. The union has been divided over WGA East’s aggressive campaign to organize many digital news outlets and numerous large unscripted production companies on the East Coast.
Some former WGA members fear the arrival of digital writers, who typically earn much less than TV viewers and screenwriters, because the type of work and the formula for compensation are very different. Many WGA members are concerned that new members will tax the pension and health plan benefits available to all union members.
About 0% of eligible voters or got 7 ballot votes in the election. Seven candidates for the Solidarity Slate ticket – supporting the constant pressure to organize among WGA East digital news writers – have won their council seats. Four members of the opposition inclusion and experience slate were elected to the seat, including the re-election of current David Simon. Inclusion and experience candidates Lauren Ashley Smith, Tracy Scott Wilson and Tian Jun Guo took the seats.
Solidarity Slate floated three open seats nominated for full-time work on employees at a given company: Kim Kelly, Sarah David and Hamilton Nolan. Of the six seats open to represent freelance writers, film and TV writers who toured the project won four Solidarity Slate candidates: Josh Gondelman, Sasha Stewart, Liz Hines and Benjamin Rosenblum.
The three officials who ran unopposed as president, vice president and secretary-treasurer all came from the slate of inclusion and experience. Michael Winship is set to begin his second term as president since 2007 in that role পর্যন্ত just before the WGA strikes in 2017 against major studios in East and West Hollywood. . Tekuchi Cullen received the most votes with 1,31 candidates. Winship Beau replaces Williamon, who was elected former WGA president in 2017.
Campaign rhetoric has widened the discussion by splitting the WGA East into two parts or some other transformation if the conflict between digital new guards and Bedrock membership of exhibitors and screenwriters continues. In the coming weeks, WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson will find it a priority to find a balm for these misguided nerves.
A representative from the WGA East declined to give details beyond announcing the results of the guild election.