2021 Sector Conference adopted sweeping constitutional changes, looks to future

Most folks are not usually interested in a six-hour zoom call, but the 2021 NewsGuild-CWA Sector Conference was a lively affair, having been moved to a digital conference along with the CWA Convention, which began today.  

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Newsletter: Constitutional improvements in front of Saturday’s Sector Conference

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This Saturday we’ve got the 2021 NewsGuild Sector Conference. It’s our biennial conference where elected delegates set policies for our union, pass resolutions, amend our constitution and nominate officers.

Because of the pandemic it made sense to move this year’s conference to a virtual one and it will get started at 10 a.m. ET Saturday. I expect about 100 folks from all over the NewsGuild to attend. This year’s primary agenda will focus on some major changes to our constitution governing our elections. These proposed improvements will make sure that every member gets notified of their ability to be eligible to vote and that members get ballots delivered by mail until the U.S. Dept. of Labor allows electronic voting.

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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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Journalists have receipts

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That’s the message to Gannett CEO Mike Reed on the subject of unpaid overtime at the nation’s biggest news chain.

We launched an investigation after members first tweeted about the practice inside Gannett and a top editor tweeted, “Every business exploits the young – it’s called gaining experience, and I don’t regret it one bit.” He later added, “Prove yourself and they’ll pay you.”

In my email to Reed, I let him know about the investigation and urged him to launch his own investigation, end the culture of exploitation and agree to the common-sense contract proposals advanced by journalists at Gannett.

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NLRB issues complaint against WSJ management

IAPE 1096, the NewsGuild local that represents workers at the Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones properties, won a victory on Wednesday when  the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint alleging that management violated federal law by refusing to negotiate over working conditions following the onset of the pandemic.

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Boston Globe staffers protest owner Linda Henry at event honoring ‘women news leaders’

Members of the Boston Newspaper Guild upped the ante in their fight for a fair contract on Monday, protesting Globe owner Linda Pizzuti Henry outside a panel honoring “women news leaders.” The panel was sponsored by radio station WBUR, an NPR affiliate, and also featured feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

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Tentative Agreement reached for WSJ printing plant workers

The NewsGuild local that represents workers at the Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones properties (IAPE 1096) announced Monday that they have reached a tentative agreement for a new two-year contract covering about a dozen employees at the company’s Bowling Green, OH, printing plant.

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Gannett CEO must investigate unpaid overtime and end ‘culture of exploitation’

NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss has called on Gannett CEO Mike Reed to investigate allegations that employees are frequently expected to work overtime without pay and has called on him to end a “culture of exploitation” at the nation’s largest news chain.

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Newsletter: This Gannett boss thinks working for free builds character

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There is some big U.S. legislative news this week: the jobs tax credit in the Local Journalism Sustainability Act made it into the House Ways and Means Committee recommendations for reconciliation. This means it has a very good chance of becoming law.

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Three new Guild units celebrate Labor Day with first contracts

Three new Guild units celebrated Labor Day in style this year, winning impressive first contracts. They join a growing list of union members who have won durable workplace protections. A fourth unit negotiated a new contract – but not a first contract – as well.

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