Many candidate statements focus on next year's possible strike

This article was corrected on September 4, 2000.

More than 11,000 ballots with candidate statements are being mailed out today by the two branches of the Writers Guild of America for upcoming board elections, with 45 candidates seeking 18 spots.

The Western and Eastern branches will tabulate the totals in time to conclude their elections Sept. 21 at annual membership meetings in Los Angeles and New York.

Many of the statements from candidates focus on the need to prepare for a possible strike next year after the current contract expires May 1, while other popular topics include improvements in cable and foreign payments, eliminating the “a film by” credit from features and establishing Internet jurisdiction. However, no candidates are campaigning on slates, and the statements contain no attacks against other candidates.

The branches jointly negotiate the WGA contract with studios and producers but have not yet decided whether to hold fast-track Contract Adjustment Committee negotiations. Although many candidates said they are prepared to endorse a strike, one proclaimed he does not support a work stoppage.

“I oppose a strike in May and will do everything I can to prevent one,” wrote Charlie Rubin, who is seeking re-election to the WGA East Council. “But if we ever must strike, let’s strike over the right thing. Money.”

The 19 WGA West candidates, competing for eight board spots, are Ron Bass, Jarrett Bryant, Carlton Cuse, Kirk Ellis, Dennis Feldman, Carl Gottlieb, Charles D. Holland, Callie Khouri, Brenda Lilly, Glen Mazarra, Craig Miller, Jim Milio, Tim O’Donnell, Michael R. Perry, Paris Qualles, David Rintels, Jim Staahl, Hannah Shearer and Bryce Zabel.

The 17 WGA East candidates for six freelance slots on the branch council are Edward Adler, Chris Albers, John Auerbach, Jon Robin Baitz, Walter Bernstein, Becky Cole, Pete Hamill, Corinne Jacker, Michael Kassin, Gary Lennon, Charlie Rubin, Bob Schneider, Ed Schultz, Joe Tropiano, Richard Vetere, Michael Winship and Rafael Yglesias.

The nine WGA East candidates for four staff slots are Kathleen Biggins, Burl Britt, Ernest C. Davy, Allen Gonigberg, Arleen Lebem, John McGarvie, Adrian Meppen, Kate Miller and Cath Twohill.

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