Newsletter: Not just a wave; it’s a movement

This week sort of exploded with two major press freedom issues around the world.

A major investigation by Washington Post journalists and many others exposed an operation by a private spyware company that has been hacking into the phones of journalists around the world. Activists, politicians and journalists were found on a list of more than 50,000 targeted phone numbers. It’s an expansion of a disturbing trend by authoritarian regimes that are suppressing dissent by targeting journalists. I was proud to bring our union back into the International Federation of Journalists last year. The group of large journalism unions quickly condemned the targeting of journalists. We stand with them and journalists around the world condemning the spying and suppression of free speech.

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Victory! NLRB rules: Raises must be restored, back wages paid to NBC News Digital employees

The National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the NewsGuild of New York on Thursday, deciding that NBCUniversal acted improperly in June 2020 when it rolled back wage increases it had granted to NBC Digital employees.

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Newsletter: They didn’t take bad news lying down

Happy Wednesday! Members of The Appeal Union certainly didn’t take the announcement that management was closing their beloved publication due to financial concerns lying down.

They swung into action, secured a generous severance package for themselves and their coworkers, and negotiated with management to allow them to relaunch The Appeal as a worker-led news outlet.

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Newsletter: Strike averted! A victory for us all!

Congratulations to NewsGuild members at The New YorkerPitchfork and Ars Technica, who announced Wednesday that a strike has been averted and an agreement in principle has been reached on historic first contracts with Condé Nast, the publications’ parent company.

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Strike averted! New Yorker, Ars Technica and Pitchfork workers announce historic agreements with Condé Nast

Agreement Follows Nearly Three Years of Negotiations and Escalating Member Activism

NewsGuild members at The New Yorker, Pitchfork and Ars Technica announced Wednesday that a strike has been averted and an agreement in principle has been reached on historic first contracts with Condé Nast, the publications’ parent company.

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Staffers at The New Yorker protest at the home of Anna Wintour

Protesters chanted ‘The bosses wear Prada, workers get nada.’

The unionized workers of Condé Nast protested outside the home of Anna Wintour on Tuesday to call attention to management’s refusal to negotiate in good faith with staffers at The New Yorker, Pitchfork and Ars Technica. They were joined by media workers from other unionized newsrooms, including BuzzFeed, Time and New York magazine.

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Newsletter: Journalists under attack

The last few weeks have been marred by serious attacks on democracy, press freedom and journalists at home and abroad.

We’re outraged by the Belarusian government’s use of a military aircraft to ground a civilian plane and arrest a journalist who was a passenger on the flight and by the Israeli government’s intentional bombing of offices housing the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. We’re also deeply disturbed by the arrest of an American journalist in Myanmar and the ongoing crackdown on the press there since a February coup. These brazen incidents reflect a troubling slide toward authoritarianism around the world.

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The Daily Beast Union Eliminates NDAs in a Standard-Setting Contract for Media Unions

Amidst a pandemic, Guild members at The Daily Beast negotiated a contract that eliminates NDAs, codifies equity-based pay structures, and implements DEI opportunities and protections.

New York—Members of The Daily Beast Union overwhelmingly ratified a two-year agreement that codifies unprecedented protections for media workers and ushers in a shift in newsroom culture that fosters transparency, inclusion, and greater accountability. 

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Guild members featured in report on building power to win strong contracts

A new report by union organizer Jane McAlevey and researcher Abby Lawlor provides an inspiring and practical guide to mobilizing workers’ power to win good collective bargaining agreements and features case studies of two recent NewsGuild battles. 

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