Guild’s pension fund looks for assistant

Applications must be received no later than April 30, 2023.

The NewsGuild International Pension Fund, Secretary I

Reports to: TNGIPF Assistant to the Trustees
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The NewsGuild-CWA, 501 Third St. NW, 6th floor, Washington, DC

This position supports the administration of The Newspaper Guild International Pension Fund (TNGIPF). The Secretary performs general office duties and clerical functions and supports the other staff members. Currently the position may be performed remotely two days per week, subject to change in the future.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Answer all TNGIPF telephone calls, manage voice mail system, take messages, route calls and/or messages to appropriate individual
  • Return routine calls to participants and determine specific participant requests, route requests to appropriate individual, follow up with participant as appropriate
  • Monitor TNGIPF email account and assist with all routine email correspondence
  • Maintain detailed tracking of all communications (letters, phone calls, email) to participants
  • Maintain participant records, updating information in the system when notified of changes
  • Post remittance reports in the TNGIPF pension system
  • Prepare and send routine correspondence and monthly mailings as directed
  • Assist with preparing materials for board of trustee meetings
  • Manage all incoming mail, sorting and routing as appropriate
  • File backlog of paper records and maintain files going forward, ensuring all documents are filed timely and correctly
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Experience

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Two years general office experience
  • Typing, with a minimum speed of 50 words per minute
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Google Sheets, and Gmail
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new software and computer equipment as required by supervisor and as technology changes
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team as well as independently with little supervision
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, while also being able to work in a team
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills and prioritization capabilities
  • Able to work with changing priorities while meeting established deadlines

Physical Demands
The physical demands described herein represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, use hands to handle or feel objects, writing instruments or keyboard controls, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include both close and distance vision.

This is a union-covered position and the employee is represented by the Federation of Guild Representatives. Benefit and wage scale contractual provisions of the OPEIU Secretary I – Grade 7 apply to this position. Pension benefits are maintained with The Newspaper Guild International Pension Fund, and 401(k) benefits are through the CWA Savings and Retirement Trust.

Wage Scale as of March 2023

  • Starting: $37,351.67
  • 6 months $41,992.96
  • 12 months $46,632.96
  • 18 months $51,272.97
  • 24 months $55,914.26

To Apply
Submit cover letter and résumé prior to April 30, 2023, to Scott Bush, TNGIPF, Assistant to the Trustees, at:

Editorial Workers at Gannett’s Win Union Vote

The editorial staff at Reviewed, part of the USA Today Network, voted in a landslide today to be represented by the Boston Newspaper Guild, TNG-CWA Local 31245. The Reviewed Editorial Workers Union consists of 38 members across the country, including 15 reporting to the Reviewed offices in Cambridge, MA. 

The success of this election came on the heels of an aggressive anti-union campaign carried out by management, resulting in a separate filing for the Reviewed Lab and Operations Workers Union as well as other attempts to divide the union, including voter challenges, targeted restructuring, and dubiously legal mid-election captive audience meetings which prompted the workers to file a ULP charge against Gannett.

“Our victory today is not just a validation of our organizing efforts, but a validation of the very concept of worker solidarity, too,” said Michael Desjardin, a senior staff writer. “For years, our dedicated, hardworking staff has shaped Reviewed’s continued success. Now, we’ve officially secured a seat at the bargaining table, securing a better future for Reviewed and strengthening solidarity across the entire Gannett network. We look forward to having our voices heard.”

“We welcome the official certification of our editorial worker-comrades’ union, which formalizes the unity and solidarity which we’ve been building underground for nearly a year,” said operations coordinator Sofia Tort. “Every day, we hear from our colleagues that the organizing work leading to this election has given them a sense of community and mutual support that they’d never seen at Reviewed. The victory we’ve won today, especially after the union busting that we’ve been faced with at every step of this campaign, demonstrates the strength of that unity. We’re now ready to advance towards our Lab and Operations election, and then the bargaining table, with redoubled confidence.” 

Reviewed’s editorial workers include writers, editors, photographers, video producers, graphic designers, and social media specialists who contribute to the production, publication and circulation of product reviews and consumer reports. Their organizing effort went public with an NLRB election petition in December, 2022. 

The announcement of their union effort was accompanied by a mission statement calling attention to a number of demands shared by members of Reviewed’s staff, from just-cause for terminations to the redress of current substandard wages and more, issues they blame for the high employee turnover Reviewed saw in 2021-22.  

As senior editor Joanna Nelius put it, “Since we began organizing last year, we’ve lost some incredible colleagues to no-cause terminations, unjust layoffs, and general attrition as the poor compensation and working conditions we’ve faced at Reviewed made it harder and harder to stay. But our victory today goes to show that Reviewed’s staff, from those who have been here for years to those who just started with the company, are ready to unite to make sure that those conditions end here and to fight for a better workplace. We’ve seen that that is only possible when we’re organized as workers, and today our organization is finally legally recognized; I’m proud to now be a member of the Boston Newspaper Guild.”

The Reviewed Editorial Workers’ Union joins 48 other unionized Gannett workplaces around the country ready to fight for a fair and equitable contract for Reviewed and for every Gannett worker.

View of the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 2020.

CWA, NewsGuild-CWA and NABET-CWA Applaud FCC’s Action on TEGNA Takeover

This afternoon, the Federal Communications Commission announced its Media Bureau has submitted Standard General’s attempted takeover of local news broadcaster TEGNA to an administrative law judge to review.

The hearing designation order is a strong indication that the staff agrees that there are clear issues with the takeover attempt. The move to refer the matter to an administrative law judge is rarely used by the FCC. Hedge fund Standard General first announced their plans to acquire TEGNA in February 2022. It’s an $8.6 billion deal and affects more than 60 local news stations across the U.S.

Today’s action shows that Standard General has failed to show that their takeover is in the public interest. In its order, the Media Bureau wrote, “based on the record before us, we are unable to find that grant of the applications would be consistent with the public interest.”

“Chairwoman Rosenworcel clearly recognizes that protecting the public interest means assessing the impact of media industry transactions on workers and on the health of local news,” CWA President Chris Shelton said. “In line with the Biden Administration’s focus on creating and preserving good, family-supporting jobs, Chairwoman Rosenworcel understands that it is not only appropriate, but essential, for the FCC to consider potential job loss as a result of mergers. CWA members appreciate her careful scrutiny of this deal and we thank the FCC staff for stepping in and standing with us at this critical point in our democracy’s history.”

“I applaud Chairwoman Rosenworcel for sticking up for local news and workers, and thank her for recognizing our concerns, particularly on the losses of local news jobs,” NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss said. “We have witnessed hedge funds murdering local newspapers, cutting jobs and decimating local news. We engaged in this fight to prevent the same thing from happening in local broadcast.”

“NABET-CWA has long fought for broadcast journalists and editorial workers, and we thank Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s resolve for backing our members,” said NABET-CWA President Charlie Braico.

In June 2022 The NewsGuild-CWA and NABET-CWA filed a petition to deny with the FCC, challenging Standard General’s plans to reduce local news jobs, raise consumer prices and violate the FCC’s ownership cap.

The NewsGuild-CWA has long advocated for local news and expressed concerns about hedge funds, including at Alden Global Capital, which has cut thousands of jobs and shuttered newspapers across the U.S.


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Palm Springs Desert Sun journalists walk out two years after unionizing

On Friday, Feb. 17, members of The Desert Sun NewsGuild in Palm Springs, California, participated in a one-day walkout. The walkout was held on the two-year anniversary of the formation of the union. It was the guild’s second walkout in just over three months as The Desert Sun NewsGuild previously participated in a walkout on Nov. 4.

The decision to walk off for a second time was a difficult one, but members decided it was necessary after only limited progress was made toward a contract in the two years since The Desert Sun NewsGuild was formed.

In particular, there has been virtually no progress toward some of the guild’s most significant goals, which include a $60,000 salary floor, securing fairer and more equitable scheduling practices and guaranteeing the ability for employees to freely pursue freelance writing work that does not interfere with the work they do at The Desert Sun. The Desert Sun’s owner, Gannett, has also refused to agree that all Desert Sun staffers either join the guild or pay dues to support it going forward.

All 14 NewsGuild members who were scheduled to work on Feb. 17 participated in the walkout. The guild also held a rally and march Friday morning in downtown Palm Springs, during which it called for Gannett to move quickly toward a contract that will ensure The Desert Sun’s hardworking employees are treated with the dignity and respect that has for too long been denied to them, and guarantee the future of high-quality local news in the Coachella Valley.

Several members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 440 Riverside County attended the rally and march and joined the NewsGuild’s call for a fair contract. The TDS NewsGuild was extremely thankful for their support.

On Thursday, supporters launched a GoFundMe to raise money for its members that would be losing out on a second day of pay to participate in the walkout. As of Monday morning, $2,102 had been collected. The Desert Sun NewsGuild is extremely thankful to those who have contributed to the fund, which remains open for donations.

Please follow The TDS NewsGuild on Twitter @TDSNewsGuild to stay up to date on our efforts. TDS NewsGuild members are hopeful that the company will act quickly to reach a fair contract.

Bruce Nelson, pictured in 2014

Guild loses Bruce Nelson, mentor to hundreds

Bruce Raymond Nelson, 73, died Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in Laurel, Md. Bruce was a NewsGuild staff representative for three decades, starting in 1984 and retiring in 2015. 

Bruce trained hundreds of members, at sector meetings, district meetings and alongside workers at the bargaining table. 

Born in St. Cloud, Minn., he spent his career involved in journalism, first as an award-winning reporter in Minnesota and then as a Guild staff rep, working alongside members at nearly every Guild paper, including the Washington Post, Albany Times Union, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Sun Times and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, to name just a few. 

While in college, he reported for Minnesota’s St. Cloud Daily Times and tried to organize his coworkers in 1971. “I saw the St. Paul Pioneer Press contract and a salary that was four times what I was getting,” he told the Guild Reporter in 2015. He happily jumped ship, ultimately serving as local president before joining the Guild staff in January 1984.

In addition to being an extremely skilled negotiator, Bruce was also a talented educator. His unparalleled skill as a trainer has made an indelible mark on the Guild, as literally hundreds of Guild leaders learned the ropes from Bruce at the New Local Officers Seminar and at countless training sessions at district council meetings and conventions.  

“Much of my training as a local leader came through Bruce,” said Marian Needham, the NewsGuild-CWA Executive Vice President. “I had the benefit of working with him years later when we were both national reps, and I continued to learn from him in that role. With humor, intelligence and a great big heart, Bruce helped us all understand the meaning of our union.”

“I first met Bruce after he retired when I was running for president in 2019,” said NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss. “He had this way of resting his fingers on his forehead and troubleshooting several problems at once in his mind. And then he had so much joy when he saw the collective win to the problem.”

“He was very instrumental with Washington Post negotiations for many, many years,” said Cet Parks, Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild Executive Director. “In negotiations Bruce would sit there and management would ask him what he thought,” he said. “He had the uncanny ability to use the Jedi mind trick on management to think of him as neutral,” he said. Bruce helped WBNG secure several agreements. “He was one of a kind,” Cet said. 

“You just loved him once you worked with him,” said CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens, who worked with Bruce when she bargained for the Guild. “He has such a sense of union building,” she said. “It’s a rare quality to be so grounded in why we do this work and it was inspiring to everyone around him.”

“Bruce was extremely intelligent, possessed insight, was a keen judge of human nature, had a sly sense of humor, friendly and had a knowledge of labor relations that benefitted not only all of us in Albany, but across the Guild,” wrote the Albany Newspaper Guild.

At the time of his retirement in 2015, many Guild leaders and staffers remarked on Bruce’s ability to build the Guild.

“No one has had as profound an influence on our union as Bruce Nelson,” said Darren Carroll, a longtime staff rep who’s now retired. “His legacy will endure in the hundreds of people that he recruited, trained, encouraged and mentored, imparting a philosophy to each of them that underpins all that we do: namely, that we build power by sharing it, that we become stronger through the relationships we build with others in our union,” he said. “In making that fundamental concept central to his work, he helped each of us not simply to become better leaders, but better people.”

Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Melissa (Cunningham) Nelson, retired Guild director of collective bargaining, children Andrea Bachinski and Joshua Locke, daughters-in-law Megan Bachinski and Daniela Pereira de Carvalho, sister-in-law Diane Cantele (Timothy), brothers-in-law Patrick Cunningham and Michael Cunningham (Heather), dearest cousin Nan Nelson, several nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 20 at Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A. in Laurel, Md.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bruce’s memory to Camp Friendship/True Friends, 10509 108th Street NW, Annandale, MN 55302 or online at

Nine Executive Council members elected by acclamation

On Saturday, The NewsGuild’s 2023 Nominating Conference was held virtually and nine nominations were made for nine positions, electing three new members of the Guild’s Executive Council. 

The current members of the Executive Council will continue out their terms through the conclusion of the 2023 Sector Conference this July in St. Louis. 

Diane Mastrull was elected for a first term as Sector Chairperson. Mastrull is an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and president of The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia, TNG-CWA 38010. Mastrull will replace Martha Waggoner, who served as chair since 2011.

Jon Schleuss was elected for a second term as President. Schleuss is a member of the Media Guild of the West, TNG-CWA 39213. Schleuss was a data and graphics reporter at the Los Angeles Times prior to becoming president in 2019. 

Marian Needham was elected for a third term as Executive Vice President. Needham is a member of the Buffalo Newspaper Guild, TNG-CWA 31026. She was the administrative officer in Buffalo and hired by the international union in 1990, first as director of contract administration, and later, as a sector rep.

Kathy McCabe was elected for a first term as Region 1 Vice President. McCabe is treasurer of the Boston Newspaper Guild, TNG-CWA 31245. McCabe is a city editor at the Boston Globe. 

Dan Gabor was elected for a second term as Region 2 Vice President. Gabor is president of the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild, TNG-CWA 32035. Gabor works as a senior data coordinator at the AFL-CIO. 

Sandra Tan was elected for a first term as Region 3 Vice President. Tan is the former president of the Buffalo Newspaper Guild, TNG-CWA 31026. Tan is a reporter at the Buffalo News and served as local president for six years. Tan will replace Kevin Flowers, current Region 3 Vice President. Flowers is the president of the Erie Newspaper Guild, TNG-CWA 38187.

Michael Cabanatuan was elected for a fifth term as Region 4 Vice President. He’s a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and has been a Guild activist for the better part of two decades. 

Bill Baker was elected for a second term as Region 5 Vice President. Baker is the unit chair at the New York Times, leading hundreds of workers on a one day strike late last year. He’s been a proud union member (CWA, IBEW, NewsGuild-CWA) in telecommunications for most of his career. 

Andrew Carillo was elected for a first term as Region 6 Vice President. Carillo is the first vice president of the Denver Newspaper Guild, TNG-CWA 37074. Carillo will replace Jeff Gordon, who’s been a regional vice president since 2015. Carillo is a senior and lead organizer for internal health care at SEIU Local 105.

No other candidates were nominated, so all candidates were elected by acclamation.

TNG’s Nominating Conference is in less than a month

Registration for delegates and alternates attending the first virtual Nominating Conference of The NewsGuild-CWA is now open. Locals can register ​participants from now until January 6, using the Sector Conference On-Line Registration ​(SCOR) ​system. Instructions for the registration system were emailed to local officers and staff.

The conference will begin at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 7, 2023 on Zoom.

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Reviewed Union - "We reviewed the options...and it's time for a union."

Reviewed staff forms a union

Workers at have formed a union and are joining the Boston Newspaper Guild, a local of The NewsGuild-CWA.

A supermajority of editorial employees at Reviewed, part of the USA TODAY network—from writers and editors to our art, community, lab and operations teams—have formed a union. The Reviewed Union is part of the Boston Newspaper Guild, TNG-CWA Local 31245.

The editorial team at Reviewed works together to publish some of the industry’s best product reviews and consumer recommendations. In other words, our job is to help you buy the best stuff and love what you’ve already got.

But that isn’t sustainable for us without better working conditions. Our colleague Joanna told us that “despite receiving glowing performance reviews and working above and beyond my job description, I’m not being compensated on the most basic of levels. This is one of many reasons I am standing with my colleagues to unionize; 50% of my net income goes to rent, or one entire paycheck. I’m one rent increase away from being forced to move out of state.”

We can’t do our jobs if we’re barely making enough to feed and house ourselves, but, in the face of record inflation and rent hikes, we’re told that basic COLA or annual wage increases can’t be guaranteed, that we’re losing our 401k matches, and that hundreds of our Gannett colleagues are losing their jobs.

Our staff has been organizing for months, and we are reclaiming our power to make Reviewed a better place. By forming a union, we will position ourselves to fight against wage disparities, expensive health insurance plans, unjust terminations, unclear in-person and remote working policies, a lack of editorial independence, and more. We’re organizing as workers for a more fair share of the revenue that we produce for Gannett every day, and to struggle against the unilateral austerity measures being imposed by Mike Reed and Gannett leadership which are impacting shops like ours around the country.

When we reach a collective bargaining agreement, we are confident that Reviewed will be a much better place for all of us–and that will be reflected in our editorial content, too. While you may enjoy reading our current reviews of the best air fryers or following our Amazon Prime Day coverage, imagine how much better our work would be if we received the competitive pay, benefits, and support that we deserve.

Our fellow worker Sara put it best. “Forming a union will help pave the way for not only a better Reviewed in the present but for years to come as well. A union gives everyone a seat at the table to have a say in creating a work culture centered on transparency and equity.” Kaleb told us that “Joining a union needn’t be reactive; it can also be proactive. I enjoy my role at Reviewed and I know others enjoy what they do, too. In order to make sure I can keep doing what I love no matter how the economy progresses, I am joining the union.”

We often hear about record profits and impressive reader engagement. While Gannett’s overall numbers are down year-over-year, we’re told that Reviewed remains a “Northstar” priority and a huge revenue driver, particularly because of our coverage of e-commerce events like Black Friday / Cyber Monday—and we are! We work nights and weekends to bring deals coverage and product reviews to our readers that drive millions in affiliate sales during the shopping season. This is money made from our hard work, but we workers do not reap the benefits of it. Instead, we receive pizza parties and pats on the back—barely consolation prizes compared to what we deserve.

With the help of our fellow NewsGuild members under Gannett and the support of each other, we believe that our union can empower and support every Reviewed worker to win a seat at the table. Our efforts are stronger together.

We are proud to join dozens of online and print media outlets who have fought to build a stronger, more supportive industry. Like those who came before us, we hope our efforts leave behind a legacy of worker solidarity and the strength we have when we organize. Workers united will never be defeated.

Now, we demand that Reviewed management voluntarily recognizes our union so that we can reach a fair and just contract for all of us.

For more information, check out our website at or email us at

Here’s how you can support our striking workers

Let’s show striking NewsGuild-CWA members some love this holiday season!

Our members at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have been on strike since mid-October, and they’re still holding the line for a fair contract. Workers have created a new publication, the Pittsburgh Union Progress, to share strike updates and community news, and they’re tweeting at @ThePUPnews. Consider contributing to their strike fund, or participate in #StrikeSanta! All the gifts listed were personally selected by striking workers in Pittsburgh and their families.

We also have members on strike in Fort Worth, Texas. Workers at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram walked out in late November over unfair labor practices by Star-Telegram owner McClatchy. Follow @FortWorthGuild for updates, and show your support by contributing to their strike fund.