Blue Ridge NewsGuild members ratify first contract

April 24, 2020 – Members of the Blue Ridge NewsGuild, which represents journalists at the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., voted 14-0 to ratify a first contract with Lee Enterprises, the union announced on Friday. The collective bargaining agreement is the first in the paper’s 127-year history. “A new era at the paper begins now,” the union declared. Continue reading “Blue Ridge NewsGuild members ratify first contract”

Jacobin Members Ratify First Contract

Jacobin workers have a lot to celebrate.

Jan. 24, 2018 – NewsGuild-CWA members at Jacobin, a Brooklyn-based print and online magazine that offers socialist perspectives on politics and culture, overwhelmingly ratified a first contract between the company and The NewsGuild of New York, the local that represents them. The contract will remain in effect until Dec. 15, 2021. Continue reading “Jacobin Members Ratify First Contract”

Delegates Say: Certified Interpreters and Translators Only


September 2017 – Delegates to The NewsGuild-CWA sector conference this summer endorsed a resolution declaring that only certified interpreters and translators should be utilized in our nation’s courts, hospitals and government institutions. Continue reading “Delegates Say: Certified Interpreters and Translators Only”

Bargaining & Settlements – Bytes & bits: Utica

Utica Minimizes Impact

September 2017 – The Utica Guild entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in September that minimizes the impact of outsourcing copy editing and design work from the Observer Dispatch newsroom in New York to the GateHouse Center for News and Design (CND) in Austin, TX, effective Oct. 9. Continue reading “Bargaining & Settlements – Bytes & bits: Utica”

13 Years After Vote to Unionize, Point Park Faculty Wins First Contract

Aug. 31, 2017 – More than 13 years after they began their quest for a union contract, full-time faculty at Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh ratified an agreement by a vote of 96 to 6 on Aug. 28.

By all accounts, the result was worth the years of struggle. The full-time faculty won major improvements and built a solid foundation for the future.
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Guild Conference Calls for Action

Aug. 21, 2017 – With President Trump’s attacks on journalists as a backdrop, the Guild’s August conference took on a sense of urgency. Delegates discussed the best ways to respond, approved a resolution to Defend the Right to Report, and urged its adoption by the CWA convention that followed. Continue reading “Guild Conference Calls for Action”

Sun-Times Purchase Could Be a Model for the Struggling Industry

Workers are ‘Flying High’

The regularly-scheduled meeting of the Chicago NewsGuild, held in President Grace Catania’s backyard, turned into an impromptu celebration when members learned the deal was closed.

“We’re flying high here,” said David Roeder, just days after the Chicago Sun-Times and the Reader were sold to an investment group led by former Alderman Edwin Eisendrath and the Chicago Federation of Labor. Roeder has been member of the Chicago News Guild for more than two decades and now serves as a consultant to the union.

The sale to Eisendrath and the labor federation was a long shot. Continue reading “Sun-Times Purchase Could Be a Model for the Struggling Industry”

DoJ Contractor Wreaks Havoc on Immigration Courts; Spurs Guild Organizing Drive

SOSi employees and NewsGuild members brought word of their struggle to the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators in May.

Officials at the Department of Justice probably didn’t realize they were about to wreak havoc on federal immigration courts when they signed an exclusive contract for interpreting services with a new company in 2015.

And they certainly didn’t realize that signing the new agency — SOS International — would provide the impetus for a spirited union organizing campaign Continue reading “DoJ Contractor Wreaks Havoc on Immigration Courts; Spurs Guild Organizing Drive”