News Media Guild

News Media Guild The union for the information age, representing workers at AP, the Guardian US, EFE News Service and UPI.
A labor union representing journalists and others who provide the news at AP, the Guardian US, EFE News Service and UPI.
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We believe that quality journalism depends on fair working conditions for the men and women who provide the news. When journalists operate in conditions of freedom, the public is served by honest reporting that speaks truth to power. "There can be no press freedom if journalists exist in conditions of corruption, poverty, or fear." -- Motto, International Federation of Journalists

Mission: Quality Journalism Through Fair Treatment of News Workers

NewsGuild-CWA
10/24/2019

NewsGuild-CWA

Ballots were mailed for the election of the NewsGuild president today, Oct. 24. https://bit.ly/342P1LN

NewsGuild-CWA members should be on the lookout for the delivery of balloting material for the upcoming election of the Guild president.

The vast majority of members will receive a ballot in the mail from the American Arbitration Association. Return ballots must be in the AAA post office box before the end of the day Dec. 9 in order to be counted.

A dozen locals opted to conduct in-person balloting for some or all of their members. The official voting period for in-person balloting is Nov. 12 through Nov. 17, 2019.

Members of those locals will receive in the mail a Notice of Election that details the dates, times and locations for balloting.

News organizations demand transparency from government and business. So why won’t publishers act transparently when it c...
08/22/2019
Equal Pay Now

News organizations demand transparency from government and business. So why won’t publishers act transparently when it comes to pay for women and people of color in their own organizations? We demand #Transparency and #BlackWomensEqualPay. Join us: www.NewsGuildEqualPay.org

At news organizations across the country, women and people of color are paid less than their coworkers doing the same job. NewsGuild members are standing together for transparency and equal pay for all.

NewsGuild-CWA
08/12/2019

NewsGuild-CWA

Aug. 12, 2019 - The Sector Election and Referendum Committee of The NewsGuild-CWA has voted to order a re-run of the election for TNG President. The committee’s decision and the schedule for the new election can be read at this link:http://newsguild.org/mediaguild3/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SERC-decision-and-calendar-8.12.19.pdf

The SERC directs locals to take all appropriate steps to communicate this decision and election schedule to Guild members.

After nearly two years of bargaining, News Media Guild negotiators reached a tentative agreement this week with Agencia ...
05/30/2019
Guild, EFE agree to four-year deal - News Media Guild

After nearly two years of bargaining, News Media Guild negotiators reached a tentative agreement this week with Agencia EFE. The deal, subject to ratification, calls for a pay increase, protection for workers on journalism visas, and other gains.

http://www.newsmediaguild.org/guild-efe-agree-to-four-year-deal/

Washington nearly two years of negotiations, the News Media Guild and EFE News Service reached tentative agreement Tuesday on a new four-year labor agreement calling for a two percent retroactive general wage increase, a revised wage grid, protections for employees … Read More

News Media Guild members ratify new, three-year contract with AP that includes pay raises, expansion of paid parental le...
04/15/2019
AP contracts ratified by Editorial Unit, Technology Unit - News Media Guild

News Media Guild members ratify new, three-year contract with AP that includes pay raises, expansion of paid parental leave, and insurance coverage for autism therapies.

Members of the News Media Guild’s editorial and technology units have ratified a new, three-year contract with The Associated Press. The secret-ballot votes were tallied Monday by the Guild’s elections committee. About 83 percent of ballots were in support of … Read More

03/29/2019
Detroit Newspaper Guild

#UnionProud #UnionStrong #1u

You may not recognize the faces of the journalists at the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. Look close and you'll see they are a lot like you. And every day, they work hard to find the truth and report it. They do it so you -- their families, friends and neighbors -- can make informed decisions about your health, your safety, your money and your government. It's a responsibility they take seriously.

The Detroit Newspaper Guild, the union representing those journalists, is working to negotiate a new labor contract with the companies that own the Free Press and The News. It seeks to get the newspapers' workers the same things you want from your employer: fair pay and affordable health care. To that end, the Guild asks you to support those journalists and defend our democratic way of life.

Special Thanks to Brian Kaufman for this wonderful video.

Our very own Mike Warren led the charge to revise AP’s Stylebook entry on “right-to-work.”
03/26/2019
NewsGuild-CWA

Our very own Mike Warren led the charge to revise AP’s Stylebook entry on “right-to-work.”

At the urging of a News Media Guild vice president, The Associated Press revises its Stylebook definition of "right-to-work."

The value of solidarity and demonstrating your value to the company with your feet. "One day the (Law360) workers walked...
03/21/2019
Why Newsrooms Are Unionizing Now | Nieman Reports

The value of solidarity and demonstrating your value to the company with your feet.

"One day the (Law360) workers walked out of their offices, on West 19th Street in Manhattan, for 30 minutes. Next came an hour-long walkout. In late October the staff voted 141 to 11 to authorize a strike. Then in November came an even longer walkout, with the NewsGuild placing a 15-foot-tall inflatable rat outside Law360’s offices.

When a top executive of the company visited, the workers wore union T-shirts. One Friday in December, everyone walked out and picketed the front and back doors. Two days, later, the two sides finally reached a deal."

https://niemanreports.org/articles/why-newsrooms-are-unionizing-now/

n January 2015, The Washington Post’s labor reporter at the time, Lydia DePillis, wrote a story called “Why Internet journalists don’t organize.” DePillis observed that many writers were individualistic and had “built personal brands” and therefore apparently had scant interest in unions...

CNN
03/10/2019
CNN

CNN

Legal observers called the decision one of the most important and most thorough rulings ever issued against an insurance company, at the federal level, on mental health issues

"You may think of yourselves as professionals, and of course do strive to maintain high professional standards. But, in ...
03/07/2019
Lessons from a Washington Post labor dispute

"You may think of yourselves as professionals, and of course do strive to maintain high professional standards. But, in the world of economic realities, you are commodities. You are workers. Wear that label with pride. Or, as I used to write at the end of my union bulletins: Join the Guild. You can’t afford not to."

https://www.cjr.org/first_person/washington-post-strike.php

On the morning of October 1, 1975, I was taking my turn at the cooperative nursery school my son attended when the pressmen—the workers who ran the physical presses—struck at The Washington Post. They did not go peacefully. Infamously, and painfully, they set presses on fire in the basement of t...

NewsGuild-CWA
02/26/2019
NewsGuild-CWA

NewsGuild-CWA

The award-winning staff of The Morning Call took a major step today, Feb. 25, toward forming a union, The Morning Call Guild, a unit of The NewsGuild-CWA.

Solidarity, congratulations and welcome to the family!
https://bit.ly/2EwRLHe

Guild members at San Francisco Chronicle file pay equity complaints – The NewsGuild – CWA
02/22/2019
Guild members at San Francisco Chronicle file pay equity complaints – The NewsGuild – CWA

Guild members at San Francisco Chronicle file pay equity complaints – The NewsGuild – CWA

February 22 2019 Guild members at San Francisco Chronicle file pay equity complaints Featured, Latest News, News Caroline Grannan, Pay Equity, San Francisco Chronicle A number of members of The NewsGuild-CWA at the San Francisco Chronicle have filed discrimination complaints with California official...

A peek inside the AP's foreign operation, and how its staffing for foreign news has changed. There are echos of the dome...
02/20/2019
Rethinking foreign reporting at the AP

A peek inside the AP's foreign operation, and how its staffing for foreign news has changed. There are echos of the domestic side, too. https://www.cjr.org/business_of_news/the-associated-press-foreign-reporting.php

In October 2011, almost a year into the Arab Spring, Robert Reid, a regional editor for the Associated Press based in Cairo, received a call from his bosses: cut the staff in Libya. Rebels had seized the capital of Tripoli two months earlier. Moammar Gadhafi was in hiding. Previously, there had been...

New filings show Alden is picking up Tribune stock
02/20/2019
New filings show Alden is picking up Tribune stock

New filings show Alden is picking up Tribune stock

By Julie Reynolds Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund currently attempting a hostile takeover of newspaper giant Gannett Co., is also quietly picking up shares of Tribune Publishing Co. Alden is majority owner of the newspaper chain

News Media Guild, The Associated Press reach tentative agreement. http://www.newsmediaguild.org/bargaining-guild-ap-reac...
02/01/2019
BARGAINING: Guild, AP reach overall tentative agreement - News Media Guild

News Media Guild, The Associated Press reach tentative agreement. http://www.newsmediaguild.org/bargaining-guild-ap-reach-overall-tentative-agreement/

News Media Guild bargainers reached an overall tentative agreement for its contracts with The Associated Press on Thursday. The Guild bargaining team believes it would need intense mobilization or a possible strike to make any more progress at the table, … Read More

The News Media Guild and @AP agree on some issues. Although they trade proposals, they find no common ground on salary a...
01/31/2019
BARGAINING: Guild, AP trade wage and health proposals - News Media Guild

The News Media Guild and @AP agree on some issues. Although they trade proposals, they find no common ground on salary and health care. #WeAreAP and deserve a #fairAPcontract. http://www.newsmediaguild.org/bargaining-guild-ap-trade-wage-and-health-proposals/

The News Media Guild bargaining team introduced a revised salary and health insurance offer to The Associated Press on Wednesday as contract negotiations neared the 18-month mark, and the AP responded with counterproposals of its own. SALARY The Guild’s wages … Read More

To the future of journalism!
01/30/2019
Newseum

To the future of journalism!

Today the Newseum, the Freedom Forum Institute and Student Press Law Center are declaring 2019 the Year of the Student Journalist.

This announcement was made in recognition of the important role of student journalists, the impact they make and the challenges they face – and recognizing the 50th anniversary of the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, which defended the free press and free speech rights of students.

Read more at: https://bit.ly/2Tlgbs5 #StudentPressFreedom

News from NewsGuild-CWA conference in Orlando: "In 2018, more than 1,400 news industry employees at more than 20 compani...
01/30/2019
Recent organizing successes highlight TNG sector conference - News Media Guild

News from NewsGuild-CWA conference in Orlando: "In 2018, more than 1,400 news industry employees at more than 20 companies joined the Guild’s ranks, and many more organizing drives are in the works."

And a huge congratulations to Martha Waggoner, who was elected to her THIRD TERM as chairwoman of the international. Wow! http://www.newsmediaguild.org/recent-organizing-successes-highlight-tng-sector-conference/

Recent organizing successes highlighted this year’s sector conference of the NewsGuild-CWA, held in Orlando last weekend. The union, which represents nearly 20,000 journalists in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, has seen a surge in newsroom unionization in recent … Read More

I hope this catches on with all lawmakers who love their country.
01/28/2019
News Media Alliance

I hope this catches on with all lawmakers who love their country.

“Journalism is essential to our American government. We have three branches of government so that we have a watch on each department. But who keeps an eye on them? The journalist." https://bit.ly/2SfaKxC

Our deepest condolences to the family of retired member Tom Raum, who passed away Friday. He was not only a hellacious r...
01/28/2019
Tom Raum, versatile Washington reporter for AP, is dead

Our deepest condolences to the family of retired member Tom Raum, who passed away Friday. He was not only a hellacious reporter and agile writer, he was also a patient, kind colleague. Rest in peace, friend. https://apnews.com/2da23782aa7042a3a66e3537821384e5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Raum, a versatile writer who covered three presidents, Congress and national politics and translated knotty economic issues for readers during 44 years with The Associated Press, died Friday. He was 74. The cause of death was a brain injury from a fall last week at home, said...

For those who want to know more about the increase in unionized newsrooms.
01/25/2019

For those who want to know more about the increase in unionized newsrooms.

An upsurge in union organizing among journalists and other news industry employees will be the focus of a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session at The NewsGuild-CWA Sector Conference on Saturday, Jan. 26. Video of the session will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Including the wise words of President Bernie Lunzer of the NewsGuild-CWA, our parent union
01/25/2019
NewsGuild-CWA

Including the wise words of President Bernie Lunzer of the NewsGuild-CWA, our parent union

“Gannett is choosing the low road here — a direct result of the hostile efforts at a takeover by Digital First Media. DFM is once again causing grievous harm to an industry it pretends to be a steward of. Both companies have lost sight of the critical product they are meant to provide — journalism. Newsrooms that could be preserved are being decimated for Wall Street when there are productive paths forward. Let’s find a way to sell these properties to the communities they serve before it’s too late.” -- NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer

What our parent union said about Digital First Media's desire to purchase Gannett.
01/16/2019
NewsGuild statement on Digital First Media’s proposal to purchase Gannett – The NewsGuild – CWA

What our parent union said about Digital First Media's desire to purchase Gannett.

January 14 2019 NewsGuild statement on Digital First Media’s proposal to purchase Gannett Alden, Digital First Media, Featured, Gannett, News The destruction of local newspapers by hedge funds and private equity firms is an underreported national crisis for our democracy, so today’s announced pr...

So, instead of investing in their newsrooms, like the Denver Post, Alden is taking the pile of money they're sitting on ...
01/16/2019
Hedge fund Alden attempts takeover of Gannett newspaper chain

So, instead of investing in their newsrooms, like the Denver Post, Alden is taking the pile of money they're sitting on to try to buy Gannett. Sounds a lot like GateHouse.

Digital First Media's profits "near the top of the industry," company says in takeover letter By Julie Reynolds Billing itself as a savior of newspapers, vulture hedge fund Alden Global Capital has made a $1.36 billion hostile

AP agrees to autism treatment coverage and offers new health care and salary proposals. But they still don't keep up wit...
01/10/2019
BARGAINING: AP revises wage, health proposals - News Media Guild

AP agrees to autism treatment coverage and offers new health care and salary proposals. But they still don't keep up with inflation. http://www.newsmediaguild.org/bargaining-ap-revises-wage-health-proposals/

The Associated Press introduced revised health insurance and wages proposals for Guild-covered employees, but the offer still more than doubles monthly premiums by 2022 for employees on the top-tier health plan. The AP’s modified wages offer calls for: an $800 … Read More

More than 100 members told of hardships they and their families would face under current AP health care and salary propo...
01/09/2019
BARGAINING: Guild tells AP wages must go up after health increase, inflation - News Media Guild

More than 100 members told of hardships they and their families would face under current AP health care and salary proposals. And that empowered News Media Guild negotiators to tell AP a break-even contract is a nonstarter. http://www.newsmediaguild.org/bargaining-guild-tells-ap-wages-must-go-up-after-health-increase-inflation/

News Media Guild negotiators told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a break-even contract is a non-starter for their members, and that overall compensation must go up once salary, health insurance and inflation are factored in. The Guild bargaining team … Read More

More insight on media as investment and GateHouse from Kirk Davis himself. https://streetfightmag.com/2018/05/31/gatehou...
01/08/2019
GateHouse Media’s Kirk Davis Argues Chain Is Becoming a ‘Leader in Community Engagement’

More insight on media as investment and GateHouse from Kirk Davis himself. https://streetfightmag.com/2018/05/31/gatehouse-medias-kirk-davis-argues-chain-is-becoming-a-leader-in-community-engagement/

Cost-cutting equity funds have hollowed out scores of daily newspapers, turning their communities into “news deserts,” the critics say. But Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media, counters that the equ…

Want some insight into how investors view media companies? This article is long, but a primer on what they're looking fo...
01/08/2019
Why I Just Tripled My Equity Ownership Of New Media Investment Group

Want some insight into how investors view media companies? This article is long, but a primer on what they're looking for. The ROI and dividends are staggering. UpCurve and GateHouse Live are part of GateHouse Media. Its CEO, Kirk Davis, is an AP director. https://seekingalpha.com/article/4231665-just-tripled-equity-ownership-new-media-investment-group

Analysts look at NEWM as a standard newspaper and publishing company, however, this is missing the real value of UpCurve and GateHouse Live. NEWM is 3-5 years a

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