Tribune buyouts: ‘It‘s bad management, it‘s bad business and it‘s bad for democracy.’

NewsGuild units at papers owned by Tribune Publishing are denouncing the company’s recent offer of employee buyouts, saying, “it’s bad management, it’s bad business and it’s bad for democracy.”  Continue reading “Tribune buyouts: ‘It‘s bad management, it‘s bad business and it‘s bad for democracy.’”

NewsGuild demands answers from Alden-backed members on Tribune’s board

Dec. 20, 2019 – The NewsGuild-CWA is demanding answers from two members of the Board of Directors of Tribune Publishing – directors who were appointed on the recommendation of Alden Global Capital, a New York hedge fund known as “the destroyer of newspapers.” Continue reading “NewsGuild demands answers from Alden-backed members on Tribune’s board”

Real estate sell-off and increased debt are possible outcomes of an Alden takeover

This article first appeared on the DFMworkers.org on Dec. 5, 2019.

By Julie Reynolds

Dec. 5, 2019 – One week after Alden Global Capital announced it took a nearly one-third stake in Tribune Publishing, the New York hedge fund appears positioned for a full takeover of Tribune newspapers by next summer. Continue reading “Real estate sell-off and increased debt are possible outcomes of an Alden takeover”

NewsGuild-CWA Denounces Alden Stake in Tribune Publishing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. – The purchase by Alden Global Capital of a 25.2 percent stake in Tribune Publishing is a source of deep concern for NewsGuild-CWA members.

“Alden has single-handedly hollowed out the news organization it controls,” said NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer. “It has liquidated assets – both real estate and employees – solely for its own benefit and without regard to the effects of its policies on news reporting in towns and cities across the country,” he said. Between 2012 and 2019, Alden cut 71 percent of Guild-represented jobs at MediaNews Group newspapers (aka Digital First Media) it controls. Continue reading “NewsGuild-CWA Denounces Alden Stake in Tribune Publishing”

Hartford Courant Guild wins voluntary recognition within days of filing

Feb. 16, 2019 – The Hartford Courant Guild received voluntary recognition from Tribune Publishing on Friday, just a few days after the staffers at the award-winning newspaper filed a petition for a union election. Continue reading “Hartford Courant Guild wins voluntary recognition within days of filing”

Reports, resolutions from NewsGuild sector conference now posted

Feb. 1, 2019 – Reports and resolutions that were presented and adopted at The NewsGuild’s Sector Conference, Jan. 25-27, are now available. Continue reading “Reports, resolutions from NewsGuild sector conference now posted”

Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times, Baltimore Sun Media Group Win Voluntary Union Recognition

Dec. 4, 2018 – Journalists at three Maryland community newsrooms – the Capital Gazette, the Carroll County Times and the Baltimore Sun Media Group – won voluntary union recognition from their employer on Dec. 3. Continue reading “Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times, Baltimore Sun Media Group Win Voluntary Union Recognition”