Nine NewsGuild locals honored for outstanding organizing

Nine NewsGuild locals were among those honored at a special CWA ceremony for outstanding organizing on Thursday evening. Each local organized 100 or more new union members since the CWA’s last convention in July 2019.

They are:
NewsGuild of New York Local 31003
News Media Guild Local 31222
Washington-Baltimore News Guild Local 32035
Chicago News Guild Local 34071
United Media Guild Local 36047
Pacific Northwest Local 37082
Media Guild of the West Local 39213
MN Newspaper & Communications Guild Local 37002 
Canadian Media Guild Local 30213

The locals were awarded a plaque and $1,000 to support their organizing program, but the NewsGuild of New York, News Media Guild, Washington-Baltimore News Guild, Chicago News Guild, United Media Guild, Media Guild of the West and Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild donated the money to striking workers at Catholic Health in Buffalo, NY.

The Washington-Baltimore local was awarded $5,000 because they have reached the 100+ milestone five times.  

The New York local, the Guild’s largest, organized more than 1,600 workers at People Magazine Digital, Entertainment Weekly employees, Martha Stewart Living, New York Daily News, Shape, NBC News Digital, PeopleTV, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, Bergen Record/Daily Record/NJ Herald, Wired, Insider, Forbes, Atlantic Digital Optimization Team and Hudson Valley Publications.

The News Media Guild organized more than 420 workers at Oxford University Press, Pageant Media and theDemocracy Workers Collective. 

The Washington-Baltimore News Guild organized more than 860 workers at Inside Higher Ed, Southern Poverty Law Center, Alliance for Justice, Jewish Voices for Peace, ACLU NC, The State, Charlottesville Daily Progress, Color of Change, Island Packet, Raices Texas, Washingtonian Magazine, League of Conservation Voters, Organization United for Respect, Political Research Associates, Indivisible, Roanoke Times & Laker Weekly, Verso Publishing, America Votes, Institute for Policy Studies and Independent American.

The Chicago local organized more than 100 employees at South Bend Tribune, Tribune Content Agency and SEIU Local 73 Staff.

The United Media Guild organized 100 workers at Springfield-News Leader, Missourians Organizing for Voter Engagement, Missouri Healthcare for All, Tennessee AFL, ACLU Kansas, Lawrence Journal World, ACLU Missouri, and Kansas City Star.

The Pacific Northwest local organized more than 100 employees at Columbian, Idaho Statesman, Longview Daily News journalists, four McClatchy Washington State papers and Seattle Times.

The Media Guild of the West organized just under 500 workers at Austin-American Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Arizona Republic, Fort Worth-Star Telegram, Phoenix New Times, Pop-Up Magazine, Southern California News Group and The Desert Sun.

The Minnesota local organized 100 workers atOut Front MN, Hope Community, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Minnesota Council of Non-Profits, Fair Vote MN, MinnPost, St. Paul Federation of Educators, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha and ACLU MN.

The Canadian Media Guild organized more than 200 workers at Post Media, The Second City and Canada.

We couldn’t be prouder of their contribution to The NewsGuild, CWA and to the revival of the labor movement.

Photo at top: Dallas News Guild member Dom DiFurio had a cameo in the organizing awards video.