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WGA West Presidential Candidate Says Hes Being “Singled Out” For Opposing Guild Leadership

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WGA West presidential candidate William Schmidt has called on the guilds leadership to disavow the attacks he said hes experienced on social media since announcing his candidacy and revealing that he hasnt fired his agent.

On April 13, the guild ordered all of its members to fire their agents who refuse to sign its Code of Conduct, but Schmidt maintains such an order violates the guilds constitution. Schmidt didnt fire his ICM Partners agent, but has told her not to try to get jobs for him or negotiate any new contracts – in effect, no longer representing him for any guild-covered work.

Even so, some members have called for him to be expelled, and at least two guild leaders have called for him to be investigated.

“The WGA Constitution, in Article III, Section 2, lists the powers of the board of directors, from the employment and discharging of executive directors to the establishment and maintenance of the guilds public relations and more,” he told Deadline. “Nowhere is there even a suggestion that the board has the power to impel membership to write letters firing their agents. Such a thing has never been done and is a violation not only of the constitution but the spirit of the guild, itself. And it was entirely unnecessary. The contract ended. We couldnt work with our agents. End of story.”

In ordering the firing of their agents, the guild has pointed to its Working Rule 23, which states that “No writer shall enter into a representation agreement whether oral or written, with any agent who has not entered into an agreement with the Guild covering minimum terms and conditions between agents and their writer clients.”

“I have not entered into any new agreement with my agent, including ICM,” he said. “I told my agent that she must not work in my behalf, in any way, during the contract negotiations between the guild and the ATA. I am not in violation of Working Rule 23Read More – Source

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