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David Simon, WGA East Council Candidate, Warns Of The Perils Of A Digitally Divided Guild – Deadline


David Simon, creator of The Wire and The Plot Against America, has weighed in on a difficulty that threatens to tear the WGA East aside: what to do in regards to the guild’s quickly rising contingent of digital information writers?

Over the previous 5 years, the 6,400-member guild has performed organizing drives at dozens of digital information rooms – together with SalonSlate and HuffPost and Vice – and taking in some 1,700 digital media members, with one other 1,000 extra within the pipeline. Guild leaders say that on the present tempo, movie and scripted tv writers shall be within the minority in a 12 months or two.

Simon, who’s running for re-election to the guild’s Council, is a part of the soon-to-be ruling occasion’s Inclusion & Experience slate that sees the digital media organizing marketing campaign – which has now been placed on maintain – as an “existential threat” to the guild’s survival. His slate consists of the WGA East’s future president Michael Winship, vice chairman Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and secretary-treasurer Chris Kyle – all of whom are operating unopposed. Voting within the Council elections begins on Thursday and concludes on September 14.

In a publish at the moment on his “The Audacity of Despair” web site, the Homicide: Life on the Street writer-producer pens, at nice size, that the guild is at a crossroads, and that except a choice is made now, the WGA East quickly may turn into so divided that its means to launch a strike in opposition to the movie and TV trade might be severely undermined by a digitally divided membership that has few financial pursuits in frequent. The WGA’s present movie and TV contract expires on May 1, 2023.

One concept being floated is that the guild may spin off its digital members to the NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America that represents journalist on the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and quite a few different newspapers across the nation.

That, nonetheless, doesn’t sit nicely with the opposition Solidarity slate, which is fielding seven Council candidates – which Simon refers to as an “insurgent slate” – and which maintains that “it’s important that we continue to organize the ENTIRE industry.”

“The bottom line is that whomsoever wins this union election will be faced with one of three practical options,” Simon writes. “If the Inclusion & Experience slate wins, we aren’t going to chop the digital sector lifeless or stroll away from 5 years of worthy organizing, however are as an alternative resolved to:

1) Sit down with representatives of our digital members and create a bifurcated union that enables either side the mandatory measure of self-governance and management over commensurate assets in order that the WGAE can thrive as an amalgamated union.

2) Spin off a brand new digital union that’s supported and sponsored to an extent that digital members may be assured of their future and that of the brand new entity and its means to proceed organizing.

Or, if this new concept finds favor with the WGAE council, as I believe it can:

3) Sit down with the News Guild and chart a future logic for organizing labor in order that the union with the first mission of representing prose journalism on any platform and the union with the first mission of representing writing for the display screen can each develop and thrive.”

The Solidarity slate, nonetheless, desires to stay part of the WGA East.

Answering the query, “why don’t digital journalists join some other union?” the Solidarity platform states that “The WGAE in 2015 made the decision to get into organizing this space because they saw it was non-union and that all our industries are ultimately connected. WGAE approached Gawker to unionize and that’s how it all got started. Now that we have a lot of media people in our union already, it’s important that we continue to organize the ENTIRE industry. The more of the industry we get in our union, the stronger our union is for all of our members in that industry. All of our members benefit from us organizing the media industry as much as possible. We would love to one day have a pension and a health plan too – but we can’t get that until we first achieve union density in the industry.”

The slate provides: “All new organizing, requires a big investment up front, to organize the people into unions, and then once those people win contracts, dues start coming in. In the long run the spending on organizing evens out and makes the union more income. We have all seen the projections and know this is true. We just have to stick with it. Also, it’s important to note that the WGAE is not in any financial trouble. We are very well managed and well-capitalized.”

Simon, nonetheless, notes that the guild is in good monetary form as a result of if hasn’t been on strike in additional than a decade. “The last such job action, in 2007-08, went for 14 weeks,” he writes. “The earlier battle with the studios and networks, in 1988, went 22 weeks. Enduring strikes of such length are half and parcel of the WGA’s energy and a hard and fast necessity, on condition that the studios and networks usually can’t be introduced again to the negotiating desk till they’ve burned off a season or extra of already-in-the-can programming.

“And strikes of such length can require vital reserves for strike funds and medical-coverage subsidies. It is sort of a willful failure of creativeness to claim that for an amalgamated union, there isn’t a horizon occasion at which a governing council is requested to decide on between delivering hundreds of thousands to climate a prolonged job motion and delivering those self same hundreds of thousands to proceed organizing new outlets or bargaining for brand spanking new contracts in different sectors. And, sure, whereas elevated dues from digital members will, over time, scale back the subsidization of the WGAE’s organizing and illustration of that sector, the very fact stays that the lion’s share of our dues base comes from display screen and tv writers and can for years to come back.

“In such a circumstance, a divided union council can also be a huge liability. Traditionally, the union’s governing boards, East and West, have delivered authorization for strike votes to units with near unanimity – a message not only to the membership, but to the studios and networks as well. Solidarity sells. And yet it is hard to avoid imagining a future strike authorization vote on an amalgamated council going forward with 70 or 60 or 55 percent support. Contract issues that matter to screen and TV writers might seem secondary if the fight for them interrupts the organization and goals of other sectors.”

He went on to notice that “Certainly, at the first moment that a WGAE board exhibited any division or expressed concern over conflicting priorities, the WGA West would come to rightly regard its smaller sister union as a vulnerability and our influence with the West would be greatly reduced. And certainly, too, any ongoing of migration of screen and TV writers to the West would turn into a rout.”

Here’s the whole textual content of his message, titled “A Union at the Edge,” which he begins with “an embarrassing confession.”

Until such time as I used to be goaded to face for election to the Writer’s Guild of America East’s governing council, I by no means truly voted in my union’s elections. I satisfaction myself on being an informed voter and dropping the lever on the best folks, and to be totally sincere, I went by way of my first 20 years within the WGAE with out the slightest clue of who was who in my union management or what anybody stood for.

Sorry to say, I believe I regarded the politics of our usually wholesome, usually aggressive union of display screen and tv writers to be past my any fear. In a earlier profession, I used to be a veteran of extra fraught struggles as a member of the Newspaper Guild in Baltimore, the place trade retrenchment and the brutal realities of out-of-town possession had made print journalists susceptible. By comparability, collective bargaining in an leisure trade with unrelenting earnings didn’t invite the identical focus. When we negotiated, we gained. When we went on strike, we received. I used to be a loyal union brother however I didn’t pay a lot consideration, I‘ll now admit.

Since stumbling onto the WGAE council, nonetheless, I’ve been poleaxed by the final two election cycles – every providing up points and arguments which have challenged the union’s means to take care of each solidarity and declare by itself future. Two years in the past, an alternate slate tried – in the midst of an ongoing, and in the end profitable job motion in opposition to expertise businesses – to rethink that marketing campaign, a problem not solely to the governing councils of the WGA on each coasts, but in addition the desire of a membership that had voted overwhelmingly to tackle the battle. It bought a bit of nasty, inevitably, however in the long run the difficult slates weren’t victorious.

Now, once more, I discover myself on a slate of candidates, opposed by one other rebel slate, arguing two totally completely different futures for the East Coast department of the author’s union. And, simply as inevitably, it can in all probability get considerably uglier earlier than all of us work out (how) to get clear of this and transfer ahead. I hope I’m flawed. I doubt it.

This time the rebel slate is comprised of candidates for council who assist the concept of continued group of digital journalism outlets and even conventional print journalism models beneath the WGAE umbrella – to the purpose at which the union is now not the first consultant of display screen and tv writers within the east, however relatively an amalgamated union of writers, a few of whom write primarily for the display screen and a few who don’t.

And I’m sharing a slate with candidates who assist the organizing of different sectors, and are dedicated even to subsidizing that persevering with effort, however who additionally consider that points in regards to the construction, governance and way forward for our union must be mentioned and resolved first – which means proper now.

The argument has been simmering in our council debates for some time now. But presently these arguments have exploded into public view as this marketing campaign heats up. In the previous weeks I’ve been referred to as anti-union elitist, an anti-organizing one-percenter, a structural racist and, better of all – a keeper as we might name it within the author’s room – a Gomperite. It‘s good, tasty stuff. And it leaves me to ask my older, more experienced WGA colleagues a question tinged with real regret: How long has this been going on? Are all our union elections this much fun? And, my god, what other grand operas did I miss when I simply wasn’t paying consideration?

The truth is that this election all of the sudden issues to all of us within the WGAE in probably the most existential means. Our union has accomplished a exceptional job of organizing hundreds of digital and prose journalists over the past 5 years. That work must be honored, preserved and, sure, continued. It is, to invoke an outdated collectivist phrase, a mitzvah. But what our union goes to be going ahead now hangs within the stability. That we’re all lastly speaking about it overtly is sweet; that it took us so lengthy to come back to the membership with this debate is regrettable, however genuinely comprehensible when you understand the latest historical past.

If the council as an entire hasn’t been clear in regards to the stakes concerned with the membership, the management of the digital contingent has been no less than equally opaque with these members in its camp. The finish recreation right here — recognized to all on the council who’ve been wrestling with the problem — was saved from them, in order that now, belatedly, they view the concept of a structural menace to the union as an entire not as a basic that was all the time there to be addressed, however as a sudden and shocking marketing campaign menace. No one thus far has accomplished notably nicely speaking the stakes, and so, resentments have boiled over.

On the digital aspect there’s now a way that their standing as unionized members and their dues are unvalued or that their generalized attraction for solidarity-above-all just isn’t reciprocated. Among display screen and tv writers there’s a rising sentiment about what occurs with good deeds, and that ours, in taking over this work, is now giving us a superb dragging. To be clear, loads of the rhetoric on this election cycle is now virtually completely ineffective. Among some all-or-nothing digital members, these display screen and TV writers who need organized labor to really be organized – who need each sector of writing to be unionized and assets spent on that effort with out destabilizing present unions – are backward-thinking collaborators with capital itself. And to listen to a few of my fellow freelance members vent, the union’s five-year-effort to prepare digital writing outlets quantities to little greater than a strategic mistake that opened the door to a exceptional ingratitude.

It just isn’t a mistake. And we aren’t backward-thinking instruments of administration– no less than not the parents on my slate. And the digital journalists who’ve been introduced onto union rolls – and people who will inevitably be a part of them – ought to be valued and correctly represented. But there’s a drawback right here and it must be solved now – in certainly one of 3 ways. If it isn’t solved, the fourth consequence shall be that the WGAE will doubtless not exist – by even a conservative estimate — in 5 years.

That’s not a menace, or marketing campaign hype. It is just what’s.

More Certain Than A Threat

Some historical past:

The East Coast department of the WGA dates to 1954 and within the greater than six since, the a lot bigger WGAW – with greater than 4 occasions our membership — has at a number of factors sought to swallow us entire.

The resistance to these efforts by the WGAE has all the time centered on our declare that whereas we shared the identical mission because the WGAW, we represented cadres of writing, reminiscent of comedy-variety, non-fiction movie and TV work, in addition to East Coast-based manufacturing, that had been higher served and addressed than in the event that they had been subsumed into the bigger West unit. Relations between the West and East are actually cordial, even heat, however the minority standing of the WGAE has all the time made it tougher for our voices to be heard on the opposite coast. And, after all, whereas the union guidelines nominally declare that no matter aspect of the Mississippi River a brand new member calls house determines which union they may be a part of, a reciprocity exists through which members can and do change their affiliation on a regular basis. Any enterprise deal with will work in a pinch, and for a lot of Eastern members working for West Coast studios and represented by West Coast businesses, a migration to the WGAW isn’t a lot of a journey.

So what occurs when the WGAE, relatively than being ruled by the display screen and tv writers for which it was shaped and for which it has sustained itself as a separate entity from the bigger WGAW, is as an alternative to writers of all types, not simply these engaged on movie and tv merchandise – no matter platform – however for writers laboring wherever? For newspaper journalists or these writing prose for digital retailers? Or maybe not even writers in any respect? Leaders of the rebel slate have made it clear that they see no purpose to not add models that don’t have anything to do with writing in any respect ought to the chance current itself. What occurs when the WGAE turns into an amalgated union of writers generally, or of employees total?

To these of us who perceive the historical past and dynamic of the connection between the Writer’s Guild, the reply is clear and talking it aloud is, once more, not a menace. It’s extra sure than a menace. It’s merely an train in lifelike pondering: For many years, the WGAE has sustained itself as separate from its a lot bigger sister union by declaring that the distinctions between display screen and tv writers working within the East and West are related sufficient in order that we within the East are higher served by sustaining our personal affiliated union. But how does that argument maintain when East Coast display screen and TV writers search for in the future to search out that almost all of the WGAE, in addition to nearly all of its governing council and officers, usually are not truly tv and screenwriters? How does an East Coast author proceed to pay dues and affiliate with a union that represents his or her pursuits partly, when she or he is aware of that these dues may be equally paid to a bigger union that represents their pursuits and spends their dues cash on these pursuits in full? The similar concern doesn’t presently maintain for digital members within the East; to maintain the organizing marketing campaign of their sector, digital contributions are essentially augmented by union belongings gleaned from display screen and TV writing.

But to take all of it a crucial step additional, contemplate that East Coast display screen and tv members will even should ask themselves how critically the WGAW will take the opinions of its sister union – or the votes of its governing council – understanding that the WGAE is now not truly an entity that represents their similar membership? The East already has to shout to heard at occasions in our negotiations with the West; think about the rising indifference of the WGAW and the inevitable lack of affect to the WGAE as soon as it turns into clear that display screen and tv writers are now not on either side of the desk. The migration from East to West in such a situation shall be inevitable and fast – and naturally that exodus will embrace a lot of the dues base of the WGAE, destabilizing the union and, mockingly, collapsing the very useful resource on which the complete digital organizing marketing campaign has been premised, amongst all else.

Too quiet, for too lengthy

This very situation — the tip recreation for the union except we remedy the problem creatively — was delivered final 12 months to leaders of the digital contingent within the WGAE. The actuality and the necessity to deal with it was spelled out in ample element that it was one of many premises that introduced them to take part in an exploratory working group created to hunt an answer.

Among WGAE councilmembers, a lot hope was positioned within the work of that four-member group. As digital membership within the WGAE reached 25 p.c, with one other 11 p.c anticipated to be added within the coming 12 months, the council management realized final 12 months that the fast success of the organizing marketing campaign was about to rework the union in ways in which would start a West Coast exodus. Indeed, if the WGAE continued organizing writers in digital and prose journalism models on the extant charge, display screen and tv writers would stop to be a majority in a pair extra election cycles.

As the working group labored on, we didn’t carry the issue to the membership as an entire. In retrospect, this was a mistake – a lot in order that many WGAE members are solely absorbing the existential significance of this union election proper now, with voting despatched to begin within the coming week. But to be truthful, the delay in overtly acknowledging the truth is sensible in gentle of the present rage and rhetoric now being voiced publicly on this marketing campaign; council leaders had been hoping that the working group would come to an answer – both by:

1) Creatively imagining a bifurcated governing construction inside the WGAE that may permit for continued organizing and illustration of digital and newspaper models whereas on the similar time preserving the situations of self-governance for display screen and TV writers which might be the one purpose the WGAE exists as a separate union, or, by:

2) Figuring out easy methods to spin off the digital elements into a brand new union – after which subsidizing that union with WGAE funds for a interval of years to verify it succeeds and organizing positive factors of the previous 5 years are honored and superior.

So what occurred?

As digital representatives had been extra intrigued by a separate, rigorously sponsored union relatively than a bifurcated WGAE, a plan for such was hammered out and introduced to the union workers for assessment. This resulted in consternation from some workers for a wide range of causes – however a substantial quantity of opposition resulted from the conclusion that some union workers can be going to the brand new entity. That reluctance to go away the larger stability of the established WGAE had an impact; digital management backed away from the concept.

The failure of the working group to unravel the issue left the union’s govt director staring on the horizon with no different different than to pause the organizing marketing campaign till the problem of construction and governance was resolved. At which level, when he declined to right away mount an effort to prepare one more new store – even amid a membership surge that has the WGAE taking over as much as 1,000 new members within the coming 12 months – the digital contingent on the council expressed outrage and demanded that the chief director’s determination be put to debate and a council vote.

The matter was debated. Among different arguments, it was famous that the store in query was not a digital entity and didn’t contain these writing for screens. It was a conventional newspaper. Where, in all of this organizing, was the NewsGuild? Should prose journalists not be represented by that long-established union? In reply, digital members argued that the NewsGuild was moribund and that, in actual fact, the store in query had first approached the NewsGuild for organizational support and been denied by a union that was inert with regards to organizing.

This was not true. In truth, the NewsGuild – just like the WGAE – has been aggressively organizing new models for the final a number of years. It couldn’t tackle this explicit store’s request for help as a result of spending on organizing was outstripping the information union’s dues base. But tellingly, the NewsGuild final week voted 2-to-1 to boost their dues for the primary time in many years. Far from being moribund, that union was very a lot within the recreation and looking out so as to add prose journalists to its ranks. None of this was absolutely cited or disclosed within the digital contingent’s insistence that even with the governing points dealing with the WGAE unresolved, we had been obliged to proceed organizing extra outlets regardless.

After the total council vote went in opposition to them as soon as, that contingent introduced the identical matter earlier than the council once more the next month. After that second vote went in opposition to them, digital members – pissed off by even this singular pause within the organizing marketing campaign – leaked their complaints in regards to the council motion to exterior media, breaching the standard confidentiality of the union’s governing board, which holds that when a vote is taken and upheld, all council members stand in solidarity with that motion. Apparently, sloganeering about solidarity throughout all sectors of an amalgamated union solely holds when a majority determination is agreeable to the digital contingent.

Telling our digital brothers and sisters no for the primary time and having the fast organizational effort paused has not solely divided the WGAE council, it has led to competing slates and an election battle for the union’s future. We are right here not as a result of display screen and tv writers are anti-union or against the continued group of digital sectors – however due to the elemental have to pause lengthy sufficient to totally inform the union membership of this difficulty and the stakes concerned, after which to resolve that difficulty. In any resolution contemplated by the working group or nearly all of the council, the WGAE goes to decide to supporting continued group of latest sectors – both by creatively bifurcating our union to create separate models with separate governance, or by spinning off a brand new digital union. Either resolution would require that the assets of the WGAE be devoted to persevering with to subsidize the group of latest digital outlets – whether or not the dues of these newly unionize members accrue to this union or one other.

That scarcely comports to the rhetoric about display screen and tv writers being anti-union, or anti-organizing, and even to our eager to kick our digital brethren outside with out a lot as a good goodbye, however then marketing campaign rhetoric is all the time what it’s. The different grinding little bit of hackery being given play on this election cycle is that this a classist betrayal of younger, hungry and undernourished digital writers by some fatted, hierarchical outdated guard of wealthy screenwriters and tv moguls. Nope. The common display screen or tv author is unemployed – about 40 p.c of that class of our union is working at any given second. The common wage of that contingent is $50,000. Digital employees employed full-time truly make extra. But hype is hype and much be it from me, as a dramatist, to not supply a tip of the cap to a superb, easy narrative theme.

A contemporary risk

During the council debate over the singular determination to not set up a newspaper store, I overtly requested that fundamental query in regards to the NewsGuild. What was the preeminent and historic union of prose journalists – my alma mater, for whom I keep unbridled affection for permitting me to glean a residing wage in Baltimore for years – doing with itself if not organizing even conventional information organizations?

As dismissive as our digital council members had been in regards to the NewsGuild and its capabilities, I believed that the WGAE ought to be sitting down with that union and charting a collective future. After all, digital information entities are the way forward for journalism; newspapers won’t be slicing down timber and throwing the items on doorsteps for for much longer. Granted, the well being of the newspaper trade is such that the NewsGuild struggles for assets because the WGAE doesn’t, however isn’t it within the pursuits of labor total for print or digital journalists to turn into allied as they share the identical future, struggles and goal? If journalism is to be a unionized career, doesn’t that union should seize its future and thrive?

After watching the NewsGuild chew the bullet and lift its dues because it has, I’m much more satisfied that the questions I raised in that council debate are related. We want to sit down down with the NewsGuild and purpose out, rigorously and thoughtfully, which employees are certainly writing primarily for screens and that are producing prose content material within the digitized framework of prose journalism. Organized labor must be, nicely, organized. And additional, because the WGAE was keen to acknowledge our accountability to our present digital members by persevering with to assist their continued organizing both by way of a bifurcated governing construction or by way of a number of years of subsidies to a brand new union, we also needs to contemplate subsidizing the NewsGuild in its organizing efforts for writers and, certainly, transferring to that union these models which mirror the labor represented by that entity. There are some digital outlets we organized that do certainly mirror part of the way forward for writing for screens and they need to be represented by the WGAE, and there are others nonetheless that must be organized and made part of our union. But additionally it is true that the aggressive marketing campaign to organizing the digital element has delayed and overshadowed the need of our union reaching employees in sectors – animation and podcasting, for instance – which might be clearly much more related to the WGAE than to the NewsGuild

When an actual invoice comes due

Another argument put forth by the digital element is that the WGAE is financially wholesome and able to combating for the welfare of display screen and tv writers and interesting in a steady organizing effort of different writing sectors concurrently. This relies on the restricted declare that not as soon as within the five-year interval of this organizing marketing campaign has the union been obliged to tighten its belt or say no to the ambitions of both faction. When historical past is so constricted, such snug optimism may be asserted.

But after all that five-year interval contained no strike by the WGA. The final such job motion, in 2007-08, went for 14 weeks. The earlier battle with the studios and networks, in 1988, went 22 weeks. Enduring strikes of such length are half and parcel of the WGA’s energy and a hard and fast necessity, on condition that the studios and networks usually can’t be introduced again to the negotiating desk till they’ve burned off a season or extra of already-in-the-can programming. And strikes of such length can require vital reserves for strike funds and medical-coverage subsidies. It is sort of a willful failure of creativeness to claim that for an amalgamated union, there isn’t a horizon occasion at which a governing council is requested to decide on between delivering hundreds of thousands to climate a prolonged job motion and delivering those self same hundreds of thousands to proceed organizing new outlets or bargaining for brand spanking new contracts in different sectors. And, sure, whereas elevated dues from digital members will, over time, scale back the subsidization of the WGAE’s organizing and illustration of that sector, the very fact stays that the lion’s share of our dues base comes from display screen and tv writers and can for years to come back.

In such a circumstance, a divided union council may also be an enormous legal responsibility. Traditionally, the union’s governing boards, East and West, have delivered authorization for strike votes to models with close to unanimity – a message not solely to the membership, however to the studios and networks as nicely. Solidarity sells. And but it’s arduous to keep away from imagining a future strike authorization vote on an amalgamated council going ahead with 70 or 60 or 55 p.c assist. Contract points that matter to display screen and TV writers might sound secondary if the battle for them interrupts the group and targets of different sectors. And, given the short breach of confidentiality that simply resulted from the digital council members being within the minority on a singular vote two months in the past, it’s equally simple to think about {that a} divided vote on a strike authorization may additionally turn into public and gravely harm the job motion. Certainly, on the first second {that a} WGAE board exhibited any division or expressed concern over conflicting priorities, the WGAW would come to rightly regard its smaller sister union as a vulnerability and our affect with the West can be enormously lowered. And definitely, too, any ongoing of migration of display screen and TV writers to the West would flip right into a rout.

Some digital council members have pointed to their assist of the WGA’s battle with the expertise businesses over packaging as definitive proof that an amalgamated union can proof solidarity even when priorities diverge. They level out that the packaging battle meant nothing to the digital sector and but they remained allied. True and thanks for that. But let’s be sincere right here, too. The prices of the packaging battle weren’t paid, by and enormous, from the union treasury. The prices had been borne by particular person display screen and tv writers who undertook to fireside Big Four brokers and work for an prolonged interval with out illustration. There was little competitors for union assets in that job motion; it was on no account a stress check for the eventuality of a protracted strike taxing the assets of a union that’s now not oriented to representing employees in a singular trade, however has ambitions wherever and in all places that somebody lifts a pen.

True, too, that writers transfer backwards and forwards between sectors and that when labor in a single trade is organized and rewarded, all writers and the craft of writing profit. I consider this as basically as my digital brethren. It’s the explanation that in my 4 years on the council, I supported each organizational effort undertaken by the WGAE and – given an answer to the structural danger to the union – wish to proceed to assist and subsidize that organizing going ahead, no matter who collects the contemporary dues from new members.

If you win, you’ll lose.

The backside line is that whomsoever wins this union election shall be confronted with certainly one of three sensible choices.

If the Inclusion & Experience slate wins, we aren’t going to chop the digital sector lifeless or stroll away from 5 years of worthy organizing, however are as an alternative resolved to:

1) Sit down with representatives of our digital members and create a bifurcated union that enables either side the mandatory measure of self-governance and management over commensurate assets in order that the WGAE can thrive as an amalgamated union.

2) Spin off a brand new digital union that’s supported and sponsored to an extent that digital members may be assured of their future and that of the brand new entity and its means to proceed organizing.

Or, if this new concept finds favor with the WGAE council, as I believe it can:

3) Sit down with the News Guild and chart a future logic for organizing labor in order that the union with the first mission of representing prose journalism on any platform and the union with the first mission of representing writing for the display screen can each develop and thrive.

Frankly, if the Solidarity slate prevails and positive factors seats on the council, I believe the identical outcomes will nonetheless must be thought of and the identical basic difficulty addressed, whether or not they prefer it or not. And in the long run, if the WGAE at some second within the close to future ceases to be primarily the consultant of display screen and tv writing within the East and is as an alternative an amalgamated union working as such whereas the WGAW devotes itself to that very same mission, then the digital contingent within the union will discover itself absolutely in charge of an bancrupt and susceptible entity. And the car that did a lot to prepare their sector – and would have remained dedicated to conserving and increasing these positive factors regardless – will now not exist.

If they win this election after which select ignore that actuality, they may lose. But then once more, for those who thought display screen and tv writers within the East deserved their very own distinct union, all of us do.



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