Newsletter: Journalists under attack

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The last few weeks have been marred by serious attacks on democracy, press freedom and journalists at home and abroad.

We’re outraged by the Belarusian government’s use of a military aircraft to ground a civilian plane and arrest a journalist who was a passenger on the flight and by the Israeli government’s intentional bombing of offices housing the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. We’re also deeply disturbed by the arrest of an American journalist in Myanmar and the ongoing crackdown on the press there since a February coup. These brazen incidents reflect a troubling slide toward authoritarianism around the world.

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Workers of Mashable, PCMag and AskMen walk off the Job; Digital Rally set for 12:30 p.m. EDT

Journalists at Ziff Davis publications — Mashable, PCMag and AskMen — walked off the job for 24 hours on Thursday to protest the company’s failure to agree to a living wage for all employees and to demand that management bargain in good faith.

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A year under Alden’s grip, how is Tribune faring?

One year ago, the vulture hedge fund Alden Global Capital bought nearly a third of the stock in Tribune Publishing, one of the nation’s most venerable newspaper chains, owner of the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, the Hartford Courant and others.

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Flyer about town hall in support of media workers

Laid-off NewsGuild member to speak at field hearing in Ohio

For immediate release, April 8, 2019

Contact: Bill Meyer


A member of The NewsGuild-CWA is among those who will provide testimony at a public hearing in Ohio about the devastating effects of job outsourcing on both those who lose their jobs and the community.

The field hearing, co-sponsored by Cleveland Jobs With Justice and the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at Firestone Park Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 40 East Wilbeth Road, Akron, Ohio, 44301.

Large corporate owners with little interest in investing in local quality journalism are continuing their relentless attacks on a free press. This hearing will highlight the attacks faced not just by Ohio’s media workers but local call center workers and auto workers as well.

Staffer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Previous AP Stylebook definition of "right-to-work"

At urging of News Media Guild, AP Stylebook definition of ‘right-to-work’ changes

By Martha Waggoner, TNG international chair

March 26, 2019 – The Associated Press has changed its Stylebook entry on “right-to-work” laws after a member of the News Media Guild executive board inquired about the previous definition. Continue reading “At urging of News Media Guild, AP Stylebook definition of ‘right-to-work’ changes”

Journalist Protection Act

NewsGuild-CWA, NABET-CWA support Journalist Protection Act

For Immediate Release – March 12, 2019

Contact: Bernie Lunzer
Sally Davidow


Unions representing 30,000 reporters, correspondents, photographers, field producers and newsgathering broadcast employees are praising a bill that would make it a federal crime to assault journalists. Continue reading “NewsGuild-CWA, NABET-CWA support Journalist Protection Act”

Boston City Council member tweets in support of Boston Newspaper Guild.

Resolution supporting Boston Newspaper Guild workers gets council’s OK

By Martha Waggoner, TNG international chair

UPDATED 03-07-2019.

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”

NLRB rules against San Francisco Chronicle managers on union access

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.