NewsGuild issues statement of support for IATSE

The NewsGuild-CWA Executive Council adopted the following statement of support for IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, on Oct. 15, 2021.

“We stand in support of our siblings of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as they seek to negotiate a fair contract.

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The Men Who Are Killing America’s Newspapers

Recommended reading: This article by McKay Coppins and published in The Atlantic, is being hailed as the definitive exposé of Alden Global Capital.

“To find the paper’s current headquarters one afternoon in late June, I took a cab across town to an industrial block west of the river. After a long walk down a windowless hallway lined with cinder-block walls, I got in an elevator, which deposited me near a modest bank of desks near the printing press. The scene was somehow even grimmer than I’d imagined. Here was one of America’s most storied newspapers—a publication that had endorsed Abraham Lincoln and scooped the Treaty of Versailles, that had toppled political bosses and tangled with crooked mayors and collected dozens of Pulitzer Prizes—reduced to a newsroom the size of a Chipotle.”

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NewsGuild, press freedom groups call on officials to drop charges against journalist

The NewsGuild-CWA joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other media organizations to call on the city of Medford, OR, to drop all charges against April Ehrlich, a reporter for Jefferson Public Radio.

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Media invited to observe NewsGuild Sector Conference

Members of the media are invited to observe The NewsGuild-CWA Sector Conference, which will be held via Zoom, beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 16. To apply for credentials, complete this form. A unique link will be emailed to credentialed journalists.

NewsGuild members who are not attending the conference as a delegate or alternate can attend as guests. Contact your local leadership to get registered.

San Francisco Chronicle developers vote union

Developers at the San Francisco Chronicle won their union election on Thursday to become part of the San Francisco Chronicle Guild and the Pacific Media Workers Guild Local 39521.

The developers won an important victory last month, when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that they had the right to join the existing San Francisco Guild unit.

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Voice Media Guild members ratify first contracts

After 10 months of bargaining, Voice Media Guild — comprising members from sister publications Miami New Times and Phoenix New Times — have ratified their first contracts. The contracts secure numerous hard-fought workplace protections and enhanced employee benefits for union and non-union staff.

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Preparations underway for NewsGuild Sector Conference

If you’re planning to attend, either as a delegate, alternate or guest, please register by the end of the day, Thursday, Oct. 7.

The 81st NewsGuild-CWA Sector Conference will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Oct.16, 2021.

Due to emergency conditions in New Orleans, La. and public health concerns, the Sector Conference will be held by teleconference using Zoom. All scheduled business will be conducted digitally.

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Gannett journalists reject company denials of widespread unpaid overtime

Gannett call-center employees settled a class-action lawsuit for $650,000

Journalists at the nation’s biggest news chain are rejecting the company’s denials of widespread unpaid overtime.

And they’re not alone. Just last week, a U.S. District Court approved a $650,000 settlement of a class-action lawsuit by Gannett call-center employees who worked overtime without pay. The suit was filed in July 2019 and had a class of 95 people. Gannett initially denied that they engaged in any unlawful or improper conduct, just as they are currently denying such behavior  toward their journalists.

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NY Guild files Unfair Labor Practice charges against Gannett over union busting

Complaint Alleges Gannett Management Threatened Workers’ 401k Matches for Supporting Union Organizing Efforts

The NewsGuild of New York has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board over Gannett union-busting tactics designed to derail the local’s organizing efforts. The complaint details how managers threatened adverse consequences, including loss of benefits, if they supported the union organizing effort.

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