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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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Here's the News Media Guild's statement raising concerns about AP's firing of Emily Wilder:
05/22/2021

Here's the News Media Guild's statement raising concerns about AP's firing of Emily Wilder:

Tonight’s statement on Emily Wilder from the News Media Guild, which represents the rank-and-file members of The Associa...
05/21/2021

Tonight’s statement on Emily Wilder from the News Media Guild, which represents the rank-and-file members of The Associated Press’ editorial and technology units

Congratulations to incoming president Vin Cherwoo and all News Media Guild leaders who will take office in February! htt...
10/07/2020
Results of election for Executive Committee, Representative Assembly - News Media Guild

Congratulations to incoming president Vin Cherwoo and all News Media Guild leaders who will take office in February!

http://www.newsmediaguild.org/results-of-election-for-executive-committee-representative-assembly/

An election was conducted for all seats on the News Media Guild’s Executive Committee (whose members shall also be jointly elected as TNG and CWA convention delegates) and the following seats on the Representative Assembly. The following members have … Read More

08/13/2020
www.newsguildequalpay.org

Aug. 13 represents the fact that black women must work well into 2020 to earn as much as white men earned in 2019. News organizations are among the offenders. Join the fight for https://www.newsguildequalpay.org/system/files/newsguild-equal-pay-now.pdf

10/24/2019

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 and . 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.

08/12/2019

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

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...

"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...

Morning Call staffers petition for union recognition – The NewsGuild – CWA
02/26/2019
Morning Call staffers petition for union recognition – The NewsGuild – CWA

Morning Call staffers petition for union recognition – The NewsGuild – CWA

February 25 2019 Morning Call staffers petition for union recognition Featured, News, Organizing, Organizing Morning Call, Organizing, Tribune Feb. 25, 2019 – The award-winning staff of The Morning Call took a major step Monday toward forming a union, The Morning Call Guild, a unit of The NewsGuil...

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

The News Media Guild and agree on some issues. Although they trade proposals, they find no common ground on salary and health care. and deserve a . 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

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
Arkansas lawmaker wants to bring back journalism class requirement in public schools

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

Prior to last year, Arkansas schools were required to offer journalism classes as an elective. But many lawmakers voted to remove it, calling it a mandate. State Rep. Julie Mayberry, R-Hensley, told KATV she was appalled when lawmakers did away with the requirement. That prompted her to file House B...

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.

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

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Here's the News Media Guild's statement raising concerns about AP's firing of Emily Wilder:
Tonight’s statement on Emily Wilder from the News Media Guild, which represents the rank-and-file members of The Associated Press’ editorial and technology units
Congratulations to incoming president Vin Cherwoo and all News Media Guild leaders who will take office in February!

http://www.newsmediaguild.org/results-of-election-for-executive-committee-representative-assembly/
Aug. 13 represents the fact that black women must work well into 2020 to earn as much as white men earned in 2019. News organizations are among the offenders. Join the fight for https://www.newsguildequalpay.org/system/files/newsguild-equal-pay-now.pdf
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