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Pittsburgh Guild Sets Up Peer-Counseling Program

In the wake of tragedies such as a recent school attack, the Pittsburgh Guild realized that journalists, like first responders, may benefit from talking with someone after traumatic events. They discussed the idea of peer-counseling and approached the Post-Gazette. Management was enthusiastic. Together the union and company embarked on training with a local counseling center. "Under their expert guidance we developed a peer counseling program for those who may feel overwhelmed by covering traumatic events -- or even from just being in the newsroom and hearing of the coverage," Local President Mike Fuoco said.

Workers, Allies Picket El Diario's Brooklyn HQ Over Layoffs

NY Guild members at El Diario were joined by dozens of supporters Thursday as they picketed the newspaper’s offices to protest the illegal firings of eight Guild-represented employees and continued cost-cutting. “We will not sit back and stay quiet while ImpreMedia tries to get rid of the veteran journalists who know our neighborhoods and the issues facing our communities,” said Unit Chair Oscar Hernandez. “Spanish-speaking New Yorkers deserve high-quality journalism and that is why we are fighting to bring back our newsroom colleagues.” The workers' allies include Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, who issued this statement: "We expect the owners and executives of El Diario/La Prensa to uphold a standard of fair and respectful treatment of workers, the union that represents them and the readership on which the paper relies. Illegal labor practices and de-unionization of positions is simply not an option in this city.”

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