If you’re a WGAw screenwriter, you should have just received an email from the guild inviting you to take an online survey. While I can’t print the link (the survey is for Guild members only…each of you gets your own link…), I can strongly urge you to take the five or ten minutes necessary to fill it out.
Online, of course.
The survey centers around economic and employment issues. Is it easier or harder getting work now? More hoops to jump through? Are you still getting paid your quote? Are producers demanding more free writing? How about one-step deals?
Here’s why it’s important that you respond (you can do it anonymously if you so desire, and it’s done through a secure website). Even though screenwriters kick in a disproportionately large amount of dues dollars, we are often underrepresented when it’s time for negotiations. It’s easier for the guild to do outreaches to rooms of TV writers at a time, and it’s the threat of shows going dark that drives a strike. All that adds up to a screenwriting constituency that is all too often ignored.
That’s why it’s crucial that we make our voices heard within our own union. If you’re a screenwriter, I don’t have to tell you that the town has changed over the last year. Let’s arm our leadership and staff with as much of our feedback on this situation as we can give.
Sarah Singer at the WGA did a really nice job putting this survey together, and she reached out to a number of writers for input on the kinds of questions that needed asking.
So fill it out, wouldja? Think of it as a prerequisite for complaining months from now! See? Now you’re interested…
Once you’re done, if you want to come back here and praise it or critique it (constructively, please), then leave a comment. I’m sure Sarah and the Guild will be watching this page.