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Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, West
 

Business Representative

Based in Los Angeles, CA

 

The Legal Services Department of the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Business Representative. This position is a full-time, exempt (salaried) position with excellent comprehensive benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Counsel and the Legal Services Assistant Director, the position 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, and makes initial determination of whether claims exist and pursues remedies on behalf writers and the Guild, and maintains the bargaining history of the Guild’s collective bargaining agreements, including the MBA, analyzes enforcement issues, drafts memoranda and responds to subpoenas and production requests relating to Guild bargaining history.

REQUIRED FUNCTIONS OR DUTIES

  • 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, and, as needed, makes initial determination whether claim exists;
  • Talks to potential claimants and witnesses by phone or in person;    
  • 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;
  • 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.
  • Writes demand letters and other correspondence to companies;
  • Attempts to resolve claims with company representatives, negotiates settlements and prepares settlement agreements, stipulated arbitration awards and related documents.
  • Prepares and files arbitration claims and court complaints;
  • Selects arbitrator to hear arbitration cases under the supervision of the Assistant Director or Senior Counsel;
  • Writes memoranda summarizing and analyzing facts and issues in claims in preparation for forwarding file to Guild attorneys for further handling through arbitration;
  • Communicates with lawyers, companies and members regarding legal notices and information requests, and prepares responses to such documents, which may be sensitive and involve disputes;
  • Maintains and organizes the Guild’s bargaining history, including proposals, notes and member communications, relating to its collective bargaining agreements, including the MBA;
  • Conducts research, assists with analysis and prepares detailed reports and memoranda for Guild staff concerning bargaining history and past practice related to specific enforcement issues;
  • Assists Guild attorneys in preparation of responses to company information requests and subpoenas;
  • Maintains and organizes history of past responses to company information requests and subpoenas; and
  • Other duties as required.

OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • College degree required; certificate in paralegal studies strongly preferred.
  • Must be computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills and be highly motivated.
  • Union organizing or enforcement experience a plus.
  • Experience with Lexis Nexis a plus.
  • Familiarity with the entertainment industry is a plus.
  • This individual must have strong research skills, interact well with others, be detail-oriented and well organized, be able to perform all duties and tasks in a fast-paced department with heavy deadlines, efficiently prioritize the workload and ensure timely completion of required tasks.
  • Must have the ability to manage telephone volume with tact and discretion.
  • Must be able to handle sensitive, confidential material in a professional manner.

The WGAW is currently operating remotely, but the position is based in Los Angeles when in-office work is able to resume based on state and local public health guidelines.

To Apply:
Applicants should email résumé with writing sample to the Human Resources Department of the Writers Guild at recruitment[at]wga.org.

For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org

WGAW is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage qualified people with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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