NewsGuild: Stop the Deportation of Journalist Emilio Gutierrez

Dec. 12, 2017 – Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist who sought refuge in the U.S. nearly a decade ago, is facing deportation, despite the fact that he faces near-certain death if he returns to Mexico.

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CWA: Employers Should Guarantee ‘$4,000 Wage Increase’ Promised by Trump Tax Plan

Nov. 21, 2017 – The Communications Workers of America wants to make sure that the nation’s biggest employers actually give working families the average $4,000 wage increases that the Trump administration says will result from cutting the corporate tax rate. Continue reading “CWA: Employers Should Guarantee ‘$4,000 Wage Increase’ Promised by Trump Tax Plan”

Guild, NABET, CWA Tell FCC: Don’t Crush Local News

Nov. 15, 2017 – The NewsGuild joined NABET and CWA to submit more than 3,900 signatures on a petition opposing the FCC’s plan to eliminate longstanding rules governing media ownership – rules that are intended to protect local news coverage and guarantee a diversity of voices. Continue reading “Guild, NABET, CWA Tell FCC: Don’t Crush Local News”

Missourians Upend State’s ‘Right-to-Work’ Plan

September 2017 – After failing to pass “right-to-work” bills for a decade, Missouri’s state legislature finally pushed through the famously anti-labor law in February.

But the working people of Missouri had something else in mind. Continue reading “Missourians Upend State’s ‘Right-to-Work’ Plan”

Chicago Sun-Times Purchase: A Model for a Struggling Industry?

September 2017 – A long shot paid off for the Chicago News Guild when an investment group led by former Alderman Edwin Eisendrath and the Chicago Federation of Labor bought the Chicago Sun-Times and the Reader in July. Continue reading “Chicago Sun-Times Purchase: A Model for a Struggling Industry?”

Guild Embraces ‘Fight Forward’ Human Rights Campaign


September 2017 – NewsGuild members are actively involved in a CWA human rights campaign, Fight Forward, which seeks to train union activists to fight on behalf of women and people of color. Continue reading “Guild Embraces ‘Fight Forward’ Human Rights Campaign”

CWA: Medicare for All Legislation Makes Sense

Sept. 20, 2017 – “Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation sets the stage for a health care system that finally would make good health care available and affordable for every American,” CWA President Chris Shelton said in a press statement Sept. 19. “CWA long has supported an overhaul of our health care system and a ‘single payer’ plan that would provide universal coverage. The Medicare for All Act is one opportunity to do just that.”

Despite the fact that the U.S. spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation, the U.S. lags behind the nations of the world that guarantee universal access to affordable, quality health care, he noted.

“Right now, Senate Republicans are trying to push through the Graham-Cassidy bill that would make our health care system much worse for working families. It would cut protections for people with pre-existing conditions and allow insurance companies to make their health care so expensive that ordinary Americans couldn’t afford it.  It would put an ‘age tax’ in place, requiring older Americans to pay thousands of dollars more, it will make health care bargaining much more difficult and it would slash the Medicaid program.

“It’s a mean-spirited and extreme measure that CWA and our allies will resist.”

CWA Condemns House Healthcare Bill

May 4, 2017 – Statement by President Chris Shelton, Communications Workers of America, on the proposed health care plan introduced last night by House Republicans:

We’re still learning about the health care plan proposed by House Republicans. It’s clear, however, that the legislation provides a big tax giveaway to corporations and the 1 percent, while working families, seniors and children are stuck picking up the tab. Continue reading “CWA Condemns House Healthcare Bill”