September 2017 – After failing to pass “right-to-work” bills for a decade, Missouri’s state legislature finally pushed through the famously anti-labor law in February.
But the working people of Missouri had something else in mind. Continue reading “Missourians Upend State’s ‘Right-to-Work’ Plan”
September 2017 – The proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media poses a threat to independent journalism, according to NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer. Continue reading “Sinclair: A Threat to Independent Journalism”
Sept. 21, 2017 – The NewsGuild-CWA condemns the arrest of Michael Faulk, a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who was covering protests in the city at the time of his arrest.
Faulk was caught in a “kettle,” a controversial police technique used to corral groups of protesters, the Post-Dispatch reported on Tuesday. Faulk and others were repeatedly told to move back, but there was nowhere to go. Continue reading “NewsGuild Condemns Arrest of Reporter Michael Faulk”
Sept. 21, 2017 – Workers at M+R Strategic Services had hoped the company would voluntarily recognize their union, but when the consulting company refused, they persisted. On Sept. 20, ballots were counted and the results were strong: The employees voted 36-26 in favor of joining the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. Continue reading “Workers at M+R Vote to Unionize”
Sept. 7, 2017 – NewsGuild member Brooke Anderson was roughed up by police in late June, ironically, while covering a protest at a Berkeley City Council meeting that focused on how police departments handle protests. The credentialed photographer is a member of the Pacific Media Workers Guild local, which includes a unit of freelancers like Anderson. Continue reading “NewsGuild Photographer Roughed Up by Berkeley Police in June”
Sept. 6, 2017 – Charges have been dropped against radio reporter Dan Heyman, who was arrested May 9 after he persisted in asking questions of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in a hallway at the West Virginia capitol. Continue reading “Victory: Charges Dropped Against Dan Heyman”
The Communications Workers of America, NewsGuild and NABET (National Association of Broadcast Engineers and Technicians) filed reply comments at the FCC opposing the Sinclair-Tribune merger on Aug. 29. The unions argued that the merger would reduce viewpoint diversity, harm localism, and reduce jobs. Continue reading “CWA, NewsGuild, NABET Join Opposition to Sinclair-Tribune Merger”
Sept. 5, 2017 – Arnold Amber, a proud, passionate union leader, respected journalist, and fierce defender of free expression, died on Labor Day in a Toronto hospital with family at his bedside. He was 77. Continue reading “NewsGuild Mourns Former Leader of CWA Canada, Arnold Amber”
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.
Continue reading “13 Years After Vote to Unionize, Point Park Faculty Wins First Contract”
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”