March 26, 2019 – On Monday, protesters condemned the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s treatment of employees, who have been working without a contract for two years. The company is refusing to abide by the expired collective bargaining agreement, which is a violation of labor law. Continue reading “Shame on the Blocks!”
By Martha Waggoner, TNG international chair
The Boston City Council approved a resolution backing a free press and the Boston Newspaper Guild, which is in the midst of tense negotiations for its members at The Boston Globe. Continue reading “Resolution supporting Boston Newspaper Guild workers gets council’s OK”
By Caroline Grannan, Guild unit chair, San Francisco Chronicle
Feb. 28, 2019 – Managers at the San Francisco Chronicle illegally restricted union representatives from visiting the workplace and talking with members of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled.
The NLRB ordered the Chronicle, a Hearst newspaper, not only to post an announcement about the union victory but also to read an announcement aloud. As of late February, the company hasn’t done as it was told, unit members said.
Since the administrative law judge entered the order in December, the Chronicle and the company have agreed on an access policy that’s now part of the bargaining agreement. The union represents 160 Chronicle employees.
In the Dec. 13 ruling, Administrative Law Judge Gerald M. Etchingham found the company’s actions restricting union representatives’ access were an unfair labor practice that amounted to retaliation against the union representatives.
Etchingham’s ruling said that during her testimony, Hearst Human Relations Vice President Renee Peterson admitted that the management’s limited access policy of December 2017 imposed false and harsh access restrictions on only the union “contrary to its longstanding policy of continuous free access regarding other visitors.”
The case grew out of a Dec. 6, 2017, incident in which a representative of the Chronicle human relations department ordered Guild staff Carl Hall, executive officer, and Kat Anderson, administrative officer and business agent, to leave.
The two were speaking with Guild members in the Chronicle newsroom after signing in with a security guard and receiving visitor badges.
On Dec. 21, 2017, the Guild received a letter from Chronicle attorney Mark Batten saying that Guild staff was allowed to speak to Chronicle employees only “while they are on break or in non-work settings. … “
The letter said the policy “requires all visitors to sign in with security and be escorted by a member of Human Resources or by an employee to a designated non-work area. Non-work areas include: cafeterias, break rooms, common areas, and lobbies.” The Chronicle doesn’t have a cafeteria or any spaces designated break rooms.
“These same restrictions apply to all visitors,” Batten’s letter said, claiming that the policy had existed since 2014. Actually, no such policy had ever been announced, applied or enforced.
The Guild filed an unfair labor practice charge, leading to the eventual decision in favor of the union.
In the ruling, Etchingham said Peterson’s own testimony at the trial refuted the statement in the Dec. 21, 2017, letter, which Peterson herself had distributed to Guild representatives.
Etchingham ordered the company to rescind the access ban (which it has done) and post a notice announcing the ruling, physically and electronically, for 60 days.
Feb. 15, 2019 – Journalists at the Los Angeles Times are pushing back against a sweeping company proposal on intellectual property rights that would mark an unprecedented low for the media industry. Continue reading “L.A. Times Guild pushes back against proposed intellectual property policy”
Feb. 1, 2019 – Reports and resolutions that were presented and adopted at The NewsGuild’s Sector Conference, Jan. 25-27, are now available. Continue reading “Reports, resolutions from NewsGuild sector conference now posted”
Jan. 27, 2019 – The one thing Tessa Duvall wishes she had known before she got involved in the campaign to form a union at the Florida Times-Union was how emotional it would be. Continue reading “The unionizing wave: How they did it, what they wish they had known”
Dec. 18, 2018 – After nearly two years at the negotiating table, Law360 editorial staffers unanimously approved a first contract that offers significant improvements in pay, working conditions and security to Guild-covered employees at the LexisNexis-owned legal news site. Continue reading “Law360 Union members unanimously ratify strong first contract”
Dec. 18, 2018 – Fast food organizers represented by United Media Guild Local of The NewsGuild-CWA ratified their first contract on Dec. 15. The organizers are employed by the National Fast Food Workers Union, an affiliate of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union). Continue reading “Fight for $15 organizers win first contract!”
Dec. 17, 2018 – Journalists of the Casper Star-Tribune voted 10 to 0 to approve a Collective Bargaining Agreement on Dec. 14, ratifying the first contract between workers and their employer in the paper’s 127-year history. Continue reading “Workers at Casper Star-Tribune Ratify First Contract”
By Martha Waggoner, Guild International Chair
It’s a big accomplishment to get a first contract, as four recently organized units within The NewsGuild-CWA have done.
But to get contract language that’s rare, if not unprecedented within TNG, well, that’s cause for even more of a reason for celebration.
The contracts for units at Gatehouse newspapers in Springfield and Rockford in Illinois, and at Lakeland and Sarasota in Florida, include language that protect the beats of female reporters when they return from maternity leave. The language says not only do the women return to work, but they also return to their same beats.
The language came from bargaining at Springfield, where the local’s bargaining team noticed that some women were assigned less prestigious beats when they returned from maternity leave. One reporter had burst into tears in the newsroom when she learned she was pregnant because she had seen a colleague lose her beat after her pregnancy.