SO... WHY ARE YOU GUYS RUNNING AS A GROUP?
All four of us have been active Guild members for more than ten years. In that time, we've learned to trust each other and communicate well. We share goals and values about how our Guild should best serve writers. If elected, we will work together with current Board members to make real progress on our shared priorities:
With two crucial negotiations coming up, we need a Board of Directors that is ready to stand together and get things done. Our new Agency Agreement (the AMBA) must guarantee that our representatives work for us -- not themselves or the studios. And with our Health Plan in good shape, our next MBA negotiation presents an opportunity to make significant gains in other areas, like raising minimums, achieving script parity in all formats, and ending unpaid writing.
SUPPORT FOR SCREENWRITERS
In today's feature business, MBA violations are no longer the exception, they have become the rule. Screenwriters are working hard to address this, but they need help and solidarity from all our members to start changing the culture of rampant violations.
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Writers across our industry are increasingly forced to write for free just to get a job -- and then forced to write for free again to keep it. Sweepstakes pitches, packets submissions, and endless rewrites must be addressed in our next negotiation.
If we write, we should get paid. Period.
INCLUSION & EQUITY
A quick look through the Bunche Center's 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report makes it clear that women and minorities continue to face systemic discrimination in the hiring of writers. This isn't just wrong, it's bad business -- hurting our members and placing our industry at risk of lawsuits. We can do more to promote fair hiring practices and to fight unconscious bias. We must demand real change on how studio HR departments handle sexual harassment and discrimination, including a standardized policy across all signatories, a third-party reporting system, and transparent investigations.
We bargain collectively, but we do enforcement alone. The strength of our union is in our solidarity. Our recent "Get Paid On Time" campaign in TV allowed the Guild to file claims on behalf of entire writing staffs, instead of just a few writers. We must continue and expand these efforts to organize members around common violations like paper teaming, free writing, and late pay. When we stand together, we get results.