Newsletter: Strike votes, the fight for pro-journalism owners and more organizing!

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NewsGuild members at The New Yorker, Pitchfork, and Ars Technica voted — with 98 percent support — to approve a strike if negotiations with management of their publications and their parent company, Condé Nast, break down further. The vote came on March 26 after years of contentious negotiations for first contracts at each outlet.

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Alden is undermining a Baltimore philanthropist’s higher bid for Tribune Publishing

Tribune CEO Terry Jimenez was lone voice voting against Alden takeover

This article first appeared on the website of DFMworkers.org.

Alden Global Capital is aggressively undermining an effort by a Maryland hotel magnate to buy Tribune Publishing and possibly make its papers nonprofit charities, a new government filing reveals.

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Connecticut legislature hears testimony on the value of the Hartford Courant

A committee of the Connecticut state legislature heard compelling testimony Thursday about the value of The Hartford Courant to the local community and the threat that Alden Global Capital poses to it.

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Congress addresses the local news crisis

In a hearing on saving “the free and diverse press,” NewsGuild president urges lawmakers to protect local news and jobs

Summing up the nation’s local news crisis as a combination of unfair siphoning of advertising revenue by online platforms and “predatory financial actors” who strip newsrooms of jobs and resources, NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss testified Friday at a congressional hearing to address the nation’s local news crisis.

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Good news for Maryland, bad news for everyone else

Yesterday, Marylanders got some great news: a local investor wants to buy The Baltimore Sun and other Maryland newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing. Other communities with Tribune papers got bad news: the vampire hedge fund Alden Global Capital wants to take over the rest of the company.

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Tribune board agrees to sell company to Alden; union vows to continue to fight for quality journalism

Deal includes selling The Baltimore Sun and several other papers to a nonprofit foundation;
Sale must be approved by two-thirds of remaining shareholders.

Alden Global Capital, the New York hedge fund known for draconian cost-cutting at newspapers in its MNG Enterprises chain, has reached a deal with board members at Tribune Publishing to acquire the publicly traded company and take it private.

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The New York Daily News is unionizing

Employees seek to safeguard the News’ future by advocating for job security, equity, and a more inclusive and diverse newsroom. 

New York City’s hometown paper is forming a union. The editorial staffers of the New York Daily News announced Friday that they are organizing with NewsGuild of New York. More than 80% of eligible staff are standing together to request voluntary recognition from Tribune Publishing, the News’ parent company. 

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NewsGuild asks Treasury Secretary Yellen to investigate Alden’s secretive offshore ownership of news chains

Request comes as Alden is poised to acquire Tribune Publishing.

As New York vulture fund Alden Global Capital takes steps to take majority control of Tribune Publishing, The NewsGuild-CWA has requested a federal inquiry into Alden’s secretive offshore ownership structure.

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NewsGuild calls on Treasury Secretary Yellen to review Alden’s proposed acquisition of Tribune

For immediate release

Contact: Sally Davidow
sdavidow@cwa-union.org
202-368-3324

The NewsGuild-CWA today called on Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to conduct a review of the proposed acquisition of Tribune Publishing by Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund that is notorious in the news industry as a bad actor. 

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Journalists’ Union Calls for Removal of Members of Tribune Board of Directors

Cites breach of fiduciary duties by Alden directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 6, 2021; original release Jan. 5, 2021


CONTACT: Sally Davidow
sdavidow@cwa-union.org (202) 368-3324

The Chicago News Guild has called for the immediate removal of three members of the Tribune Publishing Board of Directors, citing a breach of fiduciary duties in a recent filing of regulatory disclosures. A shareholder proposal sent to Tribune Board Chairman cites misconduct by Tribune directors Randall D. Smith, Dana Goldsmith Needleman, and Christopher Minnetian related to the recently disclosed action of Mr. Smith – Alden Global Capital’s founder.

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