WWE Talent Reach Out To Andrew Yang Over New Contracts

Former US Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has been a vocal critic of WWE classifying their talent as independent contractors, speaking out recently when it was learned WWE was restricting the way talent can use third party platforms such as Twitch and Cameo.

In one of the bigger stories of the week, WWE gave talent until Friday to end business relationships with third parties. If they do not comply, they will be fined, suspended or released. They also informed talent they will be taking over talent Twitch accounts in four weeks.

Apparently new contracts will have to be signed that include Twitch. Per WrestlingINC.com, in the new agreements, talent affirm WWE is their authorized representative. They 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.

Talent is said to be livid over the decision, with some reaching out to Andrew Yang. Yang went public with the matter.

Yang tweeted, “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.”