I was going to link to a scan of the members-only letter from Writer’s Guild of America West president Daniel Petrie Jr. which was posted on its website yesterday. Then I realized that the technicalities of the fiduciary relationship between the WGAs East and West are not really of general interest to my readers. So I’ll just skip to the somewhat juicy part which is that WGAe president Herb Sargent is upset that the WGAw used his electronic signature without his permission in a letter to the judge who had been selected by the WGAe to settle the dispute between the two branches regarding how to divvy up membership dues. In a letter to the trades, Sargent equates this to forgery.
Got all that? Good. In his letter to his constituents, Petrie claims that the letter to the judge “use[d] the most innocuous language possible… and does not mention the nature of the dispute.” After faxing a draft of the letter to the WGAe and receiving no response during the designated period, the WGAw sent the letter to the judge with Sargent’s signature attached. This electronic signature, writes Petrie, “was one of several provided to us by WGA East for use in joint communications of this kind.”
In other words, the East Coast should just chill out. So touchy, you guys! This wouldn’t happen if you had decent yoga classes over there.