Letters from the President

April 1, 2013

WGAE’s Letter to President Obama about FCC Nominations

WGAE President Michael Winship and Executive Director Lowell Peterson urged President Obama to nominate to the FCC commissioners who are "committed to the robust, open communication of ideas and programs over the airways and wires." Click here to read more.

December 19, 2011

Open Letter to Occupy Wall Street and and the New York Police Department:

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, has strongly and actively supported the Occupy Wall Street movement from its inception. Our union members and staff have participated in many OWS actions, and we have endorsed OWS’ important message that corporate greed and economic inequality are wrong. Click for full text.

July 16, 2010

Breaking news in court case on documentarian rights

Documentary filmmakers and journalists may breathe a partial sigh of relief today as the Court of Appeals has issued a largely positive order in the case of documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger. Attorney Michael C. Donaldson filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of the Writers Guild of America East, as well as 22 other industry organizations […]

June 18, 2010

A Message from WGAE and WGAW Presidents -TV and Screen Credits Referendum Overwhelmingly Approved

To Our Fellow Members: We’re pleased to inform you that the ballots have been tabulated and members of the Writers Guilds East and West have overwhelmingly approved all proposed amendments to the Screen and Television Credits Manuals. A total of 1,443 ballots were cast with the following results: •    Screen Proposal – Uniform standard for […]

May 23, 2010

The Guild Is Moving

Dear Writers Guild of America, East Member: You may recall that in our New Year’s letter we mentioned that we would soon have news to share about an exciting new move for the Guild. So here it is: the Guild really is moving. Downtown, at the end of June, construction gods willing. Our new address […]

May 20, 2010

WGAE Opposes Subpoena To Obtain Documentary Film Footage

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE), issued this statement to its members regarding the Chevron Corporation’s lawsuit to obtain 600 hours of  raw footage from filmmaker Joe Berlinger: “In defense of free speech and the First Amendment, the Writers Guild of America, East joins with the Independent Documentary Association (IDA) in support of documentary […]

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 […]