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”
Aug. 17, 2017 – Women and minorities earn less on average than their white, male counterparts at some of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers, according to analyses presented at a recent conference of The NewsGuild-CWA. Continue reading “Pay Gaps Persist for Women, Minorities in Nation’s Newsrooms”
Aug. 14, 2017 – Mike Fuoco set the tone for The NewsGuild Sector Conference when he welcomed delegates to Pittsburgh: “I’ve been a journalist for more than 40 years,” the local president said, “but I have never been prouder to be a journalist than I am in 2017.” Continue reading “Defend the Right to Report: Pride, Anger, Integrity Motivate Journalists at Guild Conference”
Workers are ‘Flying High’
“We’re flying high here,” said David Roeder, just days after the Chicago Sun-Times and the Reader were sold to an investment group led by former Alderman Edwin Eisendrath and the Chicago Federation of Labor. Roeder has been member of the Chicago News Guild for more than two decades and now serves as a consultant to the union.
The sale to Eisendrath and the labor federation was a long shot. Continue reading “Sun-Times Purchase Could Be a Model for the Struggling Industry”
Wave of Attacks Prompts Guild to Intensify Fight for ‘Right to Report’
An upswing in attacks on journalists in recent months has prompted The NewsGuild-CWA to intensify its efforts to protect the Right to Report.
“Hatred of the media has been stoked by the president of the United States and some who support him — and the results are not surprising,” said President Bernie Lunzer Continue reading “‘Journalists Are Among the Heroes of the Moment’”
Last month, while sitting in on a local bargaining session, I asked management’s chief negotiator what the publisher’s plans were for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The employer’s rep was stumped. He had no idea.
But he knew he had to extract millions of dollars from the employees. Continue reading “Why Aren’t Publishers Investing in the Future? Don’t They See One?”
July 12, 2017 – The battle for fair contracts at GateHouse Media newspapers has intensified in recent months. Workers at the 16 Guild-represented publications engaged in joint actions, developed a coordinated campaign to take on GateHouse and its parent company, and scored a stunning victory at a meeting of shareholders.