‘Gender penalty’ an issue at Dow Jones companies, union study finds

By Martha Waggoner, International Chair

Feb. 26, 2019 – Women who work at Dow Jones media companies, including the Wall Street Journal, on average missed out on $2,000 in annual salary last year, compared to men, according to a new study that the union that represents the workers. Continue reading “‘Gender penalty’ an issue at Dow Jones companies, union study finds”

Guild members at San Francisco Chronicle file pay equity complaints

By Martha Waggoner, International Chair

A number of members of The NewsGuild-CWA at the San Francisco Chronicle have filed discrimination complaints with California officials after the unit’s pay equity study found disparities that favored white men over people of color and women. Continue reading “Guild members at San Francisco Chronicle file pay equity complaints”

CPJ holds news conference about murder of Jamal Khashoggi

NewsGuild joins forces seeking accountability for Khashoggi murder

Feb. 11, 2019 – Demands for accountability for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi have
intensified as the Trump administration declined to release a report on the columnist’s death
by a congressionally mandated deadline.

Bernie Lunzer, president of The NewsGuild-CWA, attended a news conference last week
organized by the Committee to Protect Journalists in Washington, D.C., held on what was
supposed to be the eve of the Trump administration’s report on the assassination of Khashoggi,
an American citizen. Continue reading “NewsGuild joins forces seeking accountability for Khashoggi murder”

TNG sector conference to focus on organizing

By Martha Waggoner, TNG international chair

Organizing will be a main focus of national and local leaders when they gather for the 80th convening of The NewsGuild-CWA.

That’s because TNG saw an unprecedented year of organizing in 2018. We organized more than 20 workplaces in 2018, which means more than 1,400 people, mostly media workers, have or will have the protections of union contracts. Continue reading “TNG sector conference to focus on organizing”

Workers at Center for Public Integrity Win Voluntary Union Recognition

Nov. 28, 2018 – Workers at the Center for Public Integrity joined the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, Local 32035, this week, after management agreed to voluntarily recognize the union. Established in 1989, the Center is one of the nation’s oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organizations in the country. Its mission is to reveal abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of the public trust by powerful public and private institutions. Continue reading “Workers at Center for Public Integrity Win Voluntary Union Recognition”

4 new TNG contracts include rare maternity leave language

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.

Continue reading “4 new TNG contracts include rare maternity leave language”

Software Company Learns a Tough Lesson About Union-Busting; Fired Workers Win Big Back-Pay Settlement

Nov. 10, 2018 – A small boutique software company got a tough lesson about union-busting on Nov. 9, when it agreed to shell out $775,000 to 15 programmers the logistics company fired after its developers announced plans to form a union. The 15 former employees of Lanetix comprised the firm’s entire non-management programming staff. Continue reading “Software Company Learns a Tough Lesson About Union-Busting; Fired Workers Win Big Back-Pay Settlement”

Virginia journalists gain voluntary recognition from Tronc and join The NewsGuild-CWA

Sept. 14, 2018 – Calling themselves the Tidewater Media Guild, over 100 newsroom employees at Tronc-owned publications The Virginian-Pilot, Daily Press, Virginia Gazette, and Tidewater Review in Virginia have won voluntary recognition. Together these publications account for the dominant media market in the southeastern Virginia region. Continue reading “Virginia journalists gain voluntary recognition from Tronc and join The NewsGuild-CWA”

CWA Canada members face prospect of lockout, strike

More than 120 members of CWA Canada face the prospect of a lockout and a strike if they don’t accept a Postmedia demand for massive givebacks coming at the same time as the company CEO has received a huge salary increase.

Members of the Ottawa Newspaper Guild began voting Sunday under the threat of lockout Thursday if they don’t accept the so-called deal. Meanwhile, members of the Montreal Guild say they will strike in support of the brothers and sisters if Ottawa is locked out.

Montreal, which Postmedia also owns, is facing the same demand for givebacks.

The 63 members employed by The Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Sun are feeling bullied by the company’s tactics, said Lois Kirkup, vice president of the ONG (CWA Canada Local 30205). Members are scared and angry, she said.

“And that was their tactic – to scare people into voting for a really lousy deal,” she said.

During the almost three years of bargaining, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey has received a 33 percent pay increase and bonuses while the Ottawa workers haven’t had a pay increase in six years.

Postmedia is demanding concessions on health benefits and sick leave that could cost ONG members thousands of dollars – members who already made concessions on the pension plan.

The 58 members of the Montreal Guild (CWA Canada Local 30111)  who work at The Gazette will strike in solidarity, local President Ron Carroll said.

The executive board of the Communications Workers of America has granted strike approval at the request of CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon.