Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, West

Business Representative

Based in Los Angeles, CA

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a dynamic, democratic, progressive labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels.

Under the direction and supervision of the Assistant General Counsel or her designee, the Business Representative investigates and processes grievances regarding all provisions of the Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) as well as over scale provisions of writers’ employment, purchase and/or options agreements, with the intent of resolving them, when appropriate, before they are submitted to arbitration.

This position is a full-time, exempt (salaried) position with full benefits.


  1. Investigates alleged violations of the collective bargaining agreement and/or writers’ personal services and/or purchase agreements as part of the grievance and arbitration process
  2. Talks to potential claimants and witnesses by phone or in person
  3. Communicates with writers about issues of strategic importance to the Guild and membership, including free rewrites and late pay, educating and organizing writers about these issues when appropriate
  4. Obtains and analyzes documents and other evidence from writers, agents, attorneys, companies, and/or other departments in the Guild to investigate and support the claim
  5. Writes demand letters and other correspondence to companies
  6. Attempts to resolve claims with company representatives, negotiates settlements and prepares settlement agreements, stipulated arbitration awards and related documents
  7. Prepares and files arbitration claims and court complaints
  8. Selects arbitrator to hear arbitration cases under the supervision of the Assistant General Counsel or Senior Counsel
  9. Conducts research on Westlaw and/or Lexis, as well as research on the internet
  10. Writes memoranda summarizing and analyzing facts and issues in claims in preparation for forwarding file to Guild attorneys for further handling through arbitration
  11. Represents the Guild and writers in arbitration hearings in connection with claims
  12. Perform other duties as required


  1. Must have excellent analytical, investigative and communication skills
  2. Must have the ability to read, comprehend and interpret the MBA, contracts and related documents
  3. Must be computer literate in Word Perfect for Windows, Word, Outlook and Excel
  4. College degree is required
  5. Entertainment industry and/or legal experience preferred
  6. Good math skills a plus

Email résumé with writing sample to the Human Resources Department of the Writers Guild at: recruitment[at]wga.org.


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