U.S. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has been one of the more vocal politicians about WWE’s classification of its wrestlers as “independent contracts,” yet the company’s steps in trying to control their social media channels, including recently Twitch and Cameo.
Yang tweeted earlier today that he heard that WWE is forcing wrestlers to sign new contract that includes terms that would acknowledge Twitch, making participation on that medium an “obligation” or else face penalties or suspensions.
“Hearing from talent that WWE is forcing performers to sign new contracts that include Twitch,” Yang tweeted. “Streaming on Twitch will become a work obligation and if talent doesn’t stream they will forego earnings, be suspended or face penalties.”
Yang added, “Doesn’t sound like independent contractors.”
Further to this, additional sources are reporting that WWE is sending out new agreements to its talent regarding Cameo, with the key points being:
WWE’S REVISED THIRD-PARTY AGREEMENT WITH TALENT
* Talent affirm that WWE is their authorized representative
* Talent authorize Cameo to make all payments and any other compensations to WWE
* Cameo will not be made a party in any dispute between the talent and WWE
* The authorization can be cancelled at any time only if the account is cancelled
Hearing from talent that WWE is forcing performers to sign new contracts that include twitch. Streaming on twitch will become a work obligation and if talent doesn’t stream they will forego earnings, be suspended or face penalties. Doesn’t sound like independent contractors.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) October 2, 2020
Uht-oh … #Paige lashes out against #WWE over their new third-party business arrangement with talent: “#Twitch is MY place that I build with MY fans!” — #ZelinaVega also sounds off about the controversial new company-edict (#MUSTREAD)
— Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984) October 3, 2020
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