The WGAW Political Action Committee helps to elect federal and state candidates who support the Guild’s public policy priorities. The PAC amplifies the WGAW's voice in Washington and Sacramento on critical debates affecting working writers. The PAC relies on voluntary contributions from WGAW members.
Election 2022: Build our Power
A union’s currency is power. We must build our power outside the bargaining table to support the economic health of our profession, our members, and our union. The WGAW PAC uses the collective voluntary contributions of members to elect candidates committed to free speech, fair competition, net neutrality, protecting our health and pension benefits, and our right to organize. The WGAW PAC is by and for writers.
As we watch the landscape of our industry transform, and the continued accumulation of corporate wealth at the expense of workers, it is time we hold those who represent us accountable for the consequences. If one thing is clear from the last several years, we can’t be complacent and we must stay engaged. But we can only do so with your voluntary contributions, no member dues. We’re asking you to commit to a monthly $20 contribution to the WGAW PAC today.
Your dollars work in the same way our collective bargaining power does. One $50 contribution to an individual campaign is great. But a $5,000 PAC contribution, gathered from a hundred members, gives us even greater power to elect representatives who stand with writers. We’re in it for the long haul and need sustained support to achieve real results for writers.
It’s your PAC and your Power.
We Support Candidates Who Support Our Issues
The following policy priorities are used to evaluate candidates for PAC contributions and endorsements.
Antitrust and Competition Policy
- Commitment to strengthen and increase antitrust enforcement and modernize antitrust laws to promote competition and protect consumers and workers;
- Support for increased regulation and oversight of online video platforms; and
- Support for increasing investigations into companies after they merge and considering breaking up companies post-merger;
- Criticism of some of the largest proposed mergers affecting writers, including Amazon-MGM, Discovery-Warner Media, Sprint-T-Mobile, Disney-Fox, AT&T-Time Warner, Comcast-Time Warner, Comcast-NBCU and AT&T-Direct TV.
Open Internet and Access to Broadband
- Support for reinstating the 2015 FCC Open Internet Order and classification of broadband as a Title II communications service; and
- Support for appointing FCC commissioners who will support strong net neutrality rules and are committed to lowering barriers for diverse and independent voices.
- Support for allowing workers to unionize through majority sign up and voluntary recognition;
- Support for the Protecting the Right to Organize Act to strengthen federal labor law protecting workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages and better benefits; and
- Opposition to “Right to Work” laws nationwide.
Employee Health Plan and Pension Laws
- Oppose efforts to impose unfair costs on our plans, like the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax or “Cadillac Tax”;
- Support legislation to lower drug costs, strengthen surprise billing protections and Medicare expansion;
- Support for pension relief legislation to rescue failing multiemployer pension plans; and
- Commitment to protecting defined benefits plans and pledges not to cut pensions.