WGAW hashing out 2 initiatives on election rules

Officials within the Writers Guild of America, West, are trying to reach a compromise between two initiatives that seek to change the process for Guild elections.

Last February, a member-driven initiative called the Informed Voters Amendment — which seeks to introduce pro-and-con debate into future Guild elections, among other things — received 233 signatures, including seven current and 17 former board members.

The initiative was drawn up in reaction to the 1992 election where several changes were made in the Guild’s constitution.

In light of criticism surrounding that election, the Guild’s board had asked its constitutional review committee to come up with a plan to change the process.

The two plans are fairly similar except for one factor: The IVA plan limits the union’s exec director and his staff from commenting on or advocating any Guild amendments; the proposal from the CRC allows for staff input.

While the IVA received the support of several board members, others on the board have questioned the legality of preventing Guild staff from making input into such union matters.

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