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Michael Winship Elected President Of WGA East, But His Slate Takes A Drubbing – Deadline

Michael Winship, operating unopposed, has been elected president of the WGA East, the guild mentioned Tuesday, however his operating mates for seats on the guild’s council took a drubbing. Seven candidates on the opposition’s Solidarity slate have been elected to the council, in comparison with solely 4 on Winship’s Inclusion & Experience slate.

Winship, an award-winning information and documentary author, led the guild through the tumultuous 2007-08 writers strike, serving as president for 5 consecutive two-year phrases – beginning simply earlier than the strike and ending in 2017. His operating mates this time have been Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, who was elected vice chairman, and Chris Kyle, who was elected secretary-treasurer. They too ran unopposed.

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Their slate, nevertheless, got here out on the shedding finish of what amounted to a referendum on the way forward for the guild. They supported a pause within the guild’s five-year-long marketing campaign to prepare digital newsrooms, arguing that so many digital journalists have been becoming a member of that movie and TV writers have been in peril of turning into a minority. They even referred to as it “an existential threat to the guild” that might result in it “collapsing,” and floated the concept of spinning off the digital members right into a separate union.


The prime three vote-getters within the council races — Josh Gondelman, Sasha Stewart and Liz Hynes — have been all members of the Solidarity slate that argued that “it’s important that we continue to organize the entire industry.” Their different profitable candidates embrace Benjamin Rosenblum, Kim Kelly, Sara David and Hamilton Nolan. Only certainly one of their candidates was defeated.

Responding to the question: Why don’t digital journalists be a part of another union,” the Solidarity candidates mentioned on that platform that “The WGAE in 2015 made the decision to get into organizing this space because they saw it was non union and that all our industries are ultimately connected. WGAE approached Gawker to unionize and that’s how it all got started. Now that we have a lot of media people in our union already, it’s important that we continue to organize the ENTIRE industry. The more of the industry we get in our union, the stronger our union is for all of our members in that industry. All of our members benefit from us organizing the media industry as much as possible. We would love to one day have a pension and a health plan too—but we can’t get that until we first achieve union density in the industry.”

David Simon, an incumbent and creator of The Wire and The Plot Against America, was reelected to the council on the Inclusion & Experience slate, however completed seventh within the balloting. His profitable slate mates have been Lauren Ashley Smith, Tracey Scott Wilson and Tian Jun Gu.

In an announcement, Winship mentioned: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s candidates and our thanks to everyone who ran in this year’s election. This was perhaps the most difficult and hard fought campaign in the Guild East’s history but we can now put that past us and come together as a Guild and as a council committing ourselves to finding solutions that will be in the best interests of all of our members. Thanks to all who voted for our slate. Your support was essential and we’re grateful.”

Winship succeeds earlier WGAE president Beau Willimon, who didn’t search re-election after 4 years in office.


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