The Guild actively enforces contracts because they protect Guild members. If the Guild learns of a contract violation, it takes action. There are three ways in which the Guild uncovers contract violations.
An individual member contacts their Business Agent (a Guild staff member who helps writers covered by that specific contract) by phone or email. See the staff directory to find your Business Agent. Members should familiarize themselves with collective bargaining agreements to insure that they understand if their rights have been violated. A shop steward reports a violation in a shop meeting or to a union leader. This only occurs with staff contracts where multiple members work in one site The Guild uncovers a violation during a general audit of documents submitted by a company.
Once a complaint is made, the Guild files a formal grievance with the company. If no resolution is reached, the Guild files for arbitration. For information on Private Employer Agreements, visit our Rates and Residuals page.
If the Guild determines that there has been a contract violation and is unable to resolve the matter, it files a formal grievance. The Guild presents the issues at a meeting with the company. Individuals affected by the grievance may attend these meetings, although they are not required to be present. Often the name of the complainant is unknown to the company.
If the matter remains unresolved, the Guild files for arbitration and the company must agree to abide by the arbitrator’s decision. The arbitration procedure is clearly set out in the Guild’s set of collective bargaining agreements, although it may vary from one agreement to another. If an arbitrator finds the grievance is valid, or orders a solution, the Guild participates in making sure the resolution is implemented.