The Writers Guild of America West will re-run its fall election under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Labor.

WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter)--The Writers Guild of America West will re-run its fall election under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Labor.

The settlement, reached last Tuesday after seven weeks of investigation, calls for the guild to rerun its presidential election by Sept. 20--a year earlier than expected.

The settlement allows Eric Hughes, former runner-up to the presidency who filed the original DOL complaint, to participate in the new election.

"We completely agree that holding a new election for president is the best way to validate the voting rights of all guild members," says Daniel Petrie Jr., who took over as WGA West president two weeks ago.

Petrie is the third WGA West president in a three-month span, following the resignations of Victoria Riskin in January over eligibility issues and her successor, Charles Holland, two weeks ago over credibility issues.