The Writers Craft meeting was an interesting cross section of newer and more experienced writers.
These are some of the highlights of the discussion:
I was surprised how much talk there was about benefits. The more experienced writers were in favor of trying to find a way to cross apply hours with the WGA and/or self pay for pension and health on non- union jobs and the younger writers were wondering why it took so long for the union to find out about their hiring (and get their benefits.)
There seemed to be a general consensus that rates were too low and should be brought in line with what WGA writers receive, including the receipt of script fees along with weekly pay. There were also suggestions that we need to set minimums for bibles, treatments and other development materials.
People also seemed to agree that we needed to force timely payment of fees, especially to freelancers by establishing some sort of penalty system.
There was also a suggestion that board artists who work from outlines and write their own dialogue should be compensated at a higher rate. And the need for a rate for web content under four minutes was also identified. Also, the need for a specific “Story Editor” rate was disccussed
There was discussion of whether we should have a rule against accepting non-union work. No consensus was reached but it did seem that the majority abhorred the idea of split productions – productions that are part union and non-union.
Finally, there was a significant discussion of whether the union should become a national to better protect members outside LA County. Again this was not everything we discussed. If you have any questions or other topics you want to discuss feel free to email me at email@example.com
Find a summary of all other craft meetings here.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
TAG Vice-President Jack Thomas shared this report about the Writers Craft Meeting held in the evening of the 25th: