WGA West results to be announced this afternoon
Members of the Writers Guild of America East have opted for incumbents in their election, which saw Michael Winship officially re-elected as president after running unopposed.The WGA East announced the results Friday morning. The WGA West – which has a hotly contested race for president between secretary-treasurer Elias Davis and past prexy John Wells – is expected to announce its results Friday afternoon. Winship, senior writer for “Bill Moyers Journal,” was first elected to a two-year term in September 2007 over Tom Phillips and became part of the WGA’s negotiating team about a month before the guild launched its 100-day strike against the congloms. He was highly visible during the WGA East’s strike activities in New York and Washington, D.C. and has remained unapologetic about the work stoppage — and the WGA’s decision to strike when its contract expired rather than wait for SAG’s contract to run out eight months later. “Once again, I am honored to have been chosen by the members of the Writers Guild East to serve as their president,” Winship said in a statement. “I thank them for their support. Many of the issues and problems we have addressed over the past two years continue, but within them are opportunities to continue growing our union and to further the interests of Guild East members and writers everywhere.” Turnout was typically light with 427 ballots cast from a membership of about 4,000. TV-feature writer Bob Schneider was re-elected to a second term with 230 votes against Phillips with 118 and Ambrose J. Raftery with 39. Gail Lee, a writer/producer at CBS News, was re-elected without opposition to her seventh term as secretary-treasurer. The election all incumbents win all nine council seats. Re-elected as freelance members were Susan Kim (273), Pippin Parker (264), Tim Carvell (263), Adam Brooks (257), Melissa Salmons (246), and Courtney Simon (229). Re-elected as staff members were Phil Pilato (265), Sue Brown (263) and Duane Tollison (260).