The president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union that represents most of Hollywood's craft unions, has taken the leaders of the Writers Guild of America (West) to task for turning down an offer from Hollywood producers to negotiate an early contract renewal. Thomas Short told the Los Angeles Times that the WGA's refusal would fuel uncertainty among Hollywood's rank and file about whether they will have work should the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture Television Producers be unable to reach an agreement before the current contract expires in October. WGA Executive Director David Young told the Times that it was unfortunate that Short was siding with the studios.