2021 Sector Conference adopted sweeping constitutional changes, looks to future

Most folks are not usually interested in a six-hour zoom call, but the 2021 NewsGuild-CWA Sector Conference was a lively affair, having been moved to a digital conference along with the CWA Convention, which began today.  

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New logo keeps a watchful eye on our democracies

During Saturday’s Sector Conference, I revealed the new logo design selected by the Executive Council to be our official logo going forward. 

The new logo is forward-looking while paying tribute to our proud history. Several features of the new image are adapted from logos the Guild used decades ago.

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NewsGuild issues statement of support for IATSE

The NewsGuild-CWA Executive Council adopted the following statement of support for IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, on Oct. 15, 2021.

“We stand in support of our siblings of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as they seek to negotiate a fair contract.

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The Men Who Are Killing America’s Newspapers

Recommended reading: This article by McKay Coppins and published in The Atlantic, is being hailed as the definitive exposé of Alden Global Capital.

“To find the paper’s current headquarters one afternoon in late June, I took a cab across town to an industrial block west of the river. After a long walk down a windowless hallway lined with cinder-block walls, I got in an elevator, which deposited me near a modest bank of desks near the printing press. The scene was somehow even grimmer than I’d imagined. Here was one of America’s most storied newspapers—a publication that had endorsed Abraham Lincoln and scooped the Treaty of Versailles, that had toppled political bosses and tangled with crooked mayors and collected dozens of Pulitzer Prizes—reduced to a newsroom the size of a Chipotle.”

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NewsGuild, press freedom groups call on officials to drop charges against journalist

The NewsGuild-CWA joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other media organizations to call on the city of Medford, OR, to drop all charges against April Ehrlich, a reporter for Jefferson Public Radio.

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Media invited to observe NewsGuild Sector Conference

Members of the media are invited to observe The NewsGuild-CWA Sector Conference, which will be held via Zoom, beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 16. To apply for credentials, complete this form. A unique link will be emailed to credentialed journalists.

NewsGuild members who are not attending the conference as a delegate or alternate can attend as guests. Contact your local leadership to get registered.

Newsletter: Constitutional improvements in front of Saturday’s Sector Conference

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This Saturday we’ve got the 2021 NewsGuild Sector Conference. It’s our biennial conference where elected delegates set policies for our union, pass resolutions, amend our constitution and nominate officers.

Because of the pandemic it made sense to move this year’s conference to a virtual one and it will get started at 10 a.m. ET Saturday. I expect about 100 folks from all over the NewsGuild to attend. This year’s primary agenda will focus on some major changes to our constitution governing our elections. These proposed improvements will make sure that every member gets notified of their ability to be eligible to vote and that members get ballots delivered by mail until the U.S. Dept. of Labor allows electronic voting.

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San Francisco Chronicle developers vote union

Developers at the San Francisco Chronicle won their union election on Thursday to become part of the San Francisco Chronicle Guild and the Pacific Media Workers Guild Local 39521.

The developers won an important victory last month, when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that they had the right to join the existing San Francisco Guild unit.

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Voice Media Guild members ratify first contracts

After 10 months of bargaining, Voice Media Guild — comprising members from sister publications Miami New Times and Phoenix New Times — have ratified their first contracts. The contracts secure numerous hard-fought workplace protections and enhanced employee benefits for union and non-union staff.

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Preparations underway for NewsGuild Sector Conference

If you’re planning to attend, either as a delegate, alternate or guest, please register by the end of the day, Thursday, Oct. 7.

The 81st NewsGuild-CWA Sector Conference will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Oct.16, 2021.

Due to emergency conditions in New Orleans, La. and public health concerns, the Sector Conference will be held by teleconference using Zoom. All scheduled business will be conducted digitally.

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