Eight WGA West members have been elected to the guild’s board of administrators in a race that foreshadowed a potential writers strike subsequent yr.
Former board member Angelina Burnett was the highest vote-getter, with 1,696 votes, adopted by incumbents Ashley Gable (1,553 votes), Deric A. Hughes (1,531), Eric Haywood (1,447) and Travis Donnelly (1,304). Also elected had been Raphael Bob-Waksberg (1,273), John Rogers (1,213) and Justin Halpern (1,005).
A complete of two,527 legitimate ballots had been forged.
The WGA’s present contract doesn’t expire till May 1, however most of the 17 candidates made it clear that they’re ready to strike if the guild can’t get a good deal on the bargaining desk. In their marketing campaign statements, they outlined a variety of points that must be addressed within the subsequent contract, together with increased minimal pay charges, larger streaming residuals, safer pension and well being advantages, larger fairness and inclusion, the elimination of free work, and the curbing of mini-rooms, the place teams of underpaid writers collect upfront of the manufacturing of a tv collection to interrupt tales and write scripts.
Many of the candidates additionally made it abundantly clear that in mild of the WGA’s historic victory in reshaping the expertise company enterprise, the guild is powerful sufficient and united sufficient to tackle the studios and networks.