Workers at the Chicago Reader took to the streets to save their publication. Last Tuesday they tweeted “We won,” after co-owner Len Goodman stepped down, ending his attempt to delay the publication’s transition to a nonprofit.Continue reading “Newsletter: Packing bargaining to deliver a message”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 8, 2019
Washington, D.C. – The merger of GateHouse Media and Gannett poses a threat to journalism, an analysis by The NewsGuild-CWA shows.
“This merger will hurt the communities these media organizations serve,” said NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer. “To fund the merger, local papers will likely disappear, jobs will be slashed, and journalism will suffer.” Continue reading “NewsGuild-CWA: GateHouse-Gannett Deal Threatens Journalism”
Oct. 10, 2019 – The NewsGuild-CWA is takings its campaign to “Preserve Local News” to readers on Thursday as it distributes flyers outside more than 50 GateHouse newspapers across 14 states.
The flyers decry GateHouse Media’s aggressive program of layoffs and cost-cutting as the company prepares for a potential merger with the Gannett Corp. GateHouse says there will be up to $300 million in additional cuts and “synergies” following the merger. Continue reading “As GateHouse-Gannett Merger Looms, Guild Takes Message to GateHouse Readers: Preserve Local News”
For Immediate Release, Aug. 5, 2019
Contact: Sally Davidow
Aug. 5, 2019 – The NewsGuild-CWA is watching with concern the announced acquisition Monday of Gannett by New Media Investment Group, the owner of GateHouse Media.
In recent years, news company mergers have resulted in a degradation of news coverage and a reduction of jobs. Mergers like this one have resulted in the creation of news deserts and the reduction of coverage of high school sports, city council meetings, and the watchdog function news organizations play in American society.
In the face of the merger, The NewsGuild is renewing its commitment to fight for journalism that enables communities to hold local government and business accountable, that tells the stories of neighborhoods and unites the people. The NewsGuild is determined to save local news. Continue reading “Facing Gannett, GateHouse Merger, NewsGuild Renews Commitment to Save Local News”
July 27, 2019 – NewsGuild-CWA members at the Providence Journal and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette voted overwhelmingly to approve proposed contracts in separate votes Wednesday, ending years of difficult bargaining with GateHouse Media, the private equity fund that controls their newspapers. Continue reading “Providence, Worcester Guild units approve contracts with GateHouse”
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”
July 19, 2018
Dean Olsen, NewsGuild organizing consultant, at (217) 836-1068 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JACKSONVILLE, Florida — By a 2-to-1 margin, journalists at The Florida Times-Union voted Thursday to form a union, becoming only the third unionized newsroom staff in the Sunshine State. Continue reading “Journalists at The Florida Times-Union vote union”
The newsroom staff of the Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida has announced it is unionizing with the help of The NewsGuild-CWA. They are proud of their product, but are demanding that management acknowledge the role they play in creating award-winning journalism. They also have stated that having a union contract will force their owners, GateHouse Media, to deal directly with their employees. Continue reading “Editorial staff of Jacksonville, Florida Times-Union announces intent to organize with NewsGuild”
Feb. 22, 2018 – Guild members at 17 separate bargaining units overwhelming ratified a first-of-its kind “global settlement” with GateHouse Media that improves wages and protects health benefits at the GateHouse-owned newspapers. Continue reading “Guild Members Ratify First-of-its-Kind Agreement with GateHouse”