The Writers Guild of America is the joint efforts of two different US labor unions representing TV and film writers:
Writers Guild of America, East
The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) is a trade union, labor union representing film and television writers as well as employees of television and radio news.
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(WGAE), headquartered in
New York City
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Writers Guild of America West
The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a trade union, labor union representing film, television, radio, and new media writers. It was formed in 1954 from five organizations representing writers, including the Screen Writers Guild. It has arou ...
(WGAW), headquartered in
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The WGAE and WGAW negotiate contracts in unison as well as launch
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* 1960 Writers Guild of America strike
1981 Writers Guild of America strikeThe 1981 Writers Guild of America strike was a 3-month strike action taken to establish compensation in the then-new markets of "pay TV" and home video. Most scripted television series seasons started much later than originally planned as a result.
* 1985 Writers Guild of America strike
* 1988 Writers Guild of America strike
2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike
From November 5, 2007, to February 12, 2008, all 12,000 film and television screenwriters of the American labor unions Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) went on strike.
The strike sought increased fu ...
** Effect of the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike on television
, a list of television shows affected by the strike
Although each Guild runs independently, they perform some activities in parallel:
Writers Guild of America Awards
The Writers Guild of America Awards is an award for film
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, an annual awards show with simultaneous presentations on each coast
WGA screenwriting credit system
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) credit system for motion pictures and television programs covers all works under the jurisdiction of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). The WGA, originally t ...
, determines how writers' names are listed during the credits
* WGA script registration service
, online services to prove when scripts were written and by whom
International Affiliation of Writers Guilds
The International Affiliation of Writers Guilds is an international trade union federation representing guilds of professional screenwriters and playwrights. Some affiliates also belong to national trade union federations.
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(IAWG), both Guilds belong to this international labor federation
National Writers Union
National Writers Union (NWU), founded on 19 November 1981, is the trade union in the United States for freelance and contract writers: journalists, book and short fiction authors, business and technical writers, web content providers and poets. O ...