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We are the New York area workplace advocate for people in the news business, and that includes some of the best journalists in the country.

The Newspaper Guild of New York represents more than 3,000 employees at New York area-based news organizations, as well as a few non-news organizations.

Since its launch in 1934 by crusading columnist Heywood Broun and others, the Guild has been the voice in the workplace for practitioners of big-city journalism and employees in advertising, circulation and other related areas. It started with newspapers, but today the Guild’s reach extends to workers in all media.

Guild negotiators review Thomson Reuters opening proposal on Sept. 10.
Guild negotiators review Thomson Reuters opening proposal on Sept. 10.

Guild negotiators review Thomson Reuters opening proposal on Sept. 10.

Guild officers and members were among the thousands of union members who marched in the New York City Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.
Guild contingent gets ready to feed into 2014 NYC Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.

Guild contingent gets ready to feed into 2014 NYC Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.

Illegally fired El Diario employees Annette Santiago (l) and Rosa Murphy (r) were among those speaking to the press from the steps of City Hall with the support of New York's labor and Latino communities.
Former El Diario employees on the steps of City Hall at Guild press conference.

Former El Diario employees on the steps of City Hall at Guild press conference.

Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs the press about El Diario's union busting tactics.
Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs the press about El Diario's union busting tactics.

Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs the press about El Diario's union busting tactics.

New York Guild President Bill O'Meara briefs a June 26 rally outside El Diario's Brooklyn offices after meeting with company executives, who had refused to reinstate eight laid-off Guild members.
Guild President Bill O'Meara briefs June 26 rally on meeting with El Diario.

Guild President Bill O'Meara briefs June 26 rally on meeting with El Diario.

    Local and Unit News

    Guild, Scholastic in tentative agreement, member vote set

    September 12, 2014

    SCHOLASTIC - After reaching a tentative settlement on a new contract at a marathon bargaining session on Aug. 21 and 22, Guild and Scholastic management negotiators have nearly completed the process of reducing the agreement to writing. There will be a meeting to vote on the contract on Friday, Sept. 19, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in rooms 607/608 of the Scholastic building.

    Reuters proposals: Paycheck pain, PIPs, purloined bylines

    September 11, 2014

    THOMSON REUTERS - Management negotiators unveiled the company's bargaining goals on Wednesday, saying they wanted to approach the talks "as business partners” with the Guild. But actions speak louder than words and it quickly became clear that being business partners doesn’t include sharing the profits of a thriving company. On the contrary.

    CU president leaves a parting gift, but not for Guild members

    September 9, 2014

    CONSUMERS UNION - Earlier today, the company told many managers – those who have been around since at least 2009, when they got no raises – that they will receive a 4 percent bonus resulting from a “prior commitment by Jim Guest.” But Guild-represented employees aren’t getting any going-away gifts from our departing president. It looks like we were scammed.

    Contract talks, payroll screw-ups and overtime

    September 8, 2014

    THOMSON REUTERS - After a brief hiatus the Guild Bargaining Committee and management are set to resume contract talks on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The Guild presented initial proposals on July 1.  And we’ll spare you the math but the mistakes at Hewitt, the company’s outsourced payroll processor, just keep on coming. The latest screw-ups range from messing up Guild dues deductions related to July’s lump-sum payments to somehow transforming a new father’s (paid) three-day paternity leave into a three-month leave without pay.

    Industry News

    CWA e-Newsletter: Sept. 18, 2014

    September 18, 2014

    Passenger Service Agents at US Airways/American Vote Big for CWA Representation; Justice at CNN after 11 Years; Elections Matter; CWA: AT&T/DIRECTV Merger Will Advance Broadband Buildout and Benefit Consumers, Workers; UMASS Report: T-Mobile Plays the Corporate Rating Scam; IUE-CWA Local 89119 Members Ratify New Five-Year Contract; Local 3179 Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract with City of Clearwater

    Center for Public Integrity will hire 50 freelancers to probe statehouse corruption

    September 18, 2014

    Center for Public Integrity

    The Center for Public Integrity is launching a nationwide investigation into indicators of statehouse corruption, and it’s looking for 50 freelancers to help get it done.

    The State Integrity Investigation, conducted first in 2011, is a deep-dive look at factors that cause corruption in each of America’s 50 capitols, Nicholas Kusnetz, the initiative’s project manager, told Poynter in an email.

    The last project resulted in more than 1,100 stories and led to reform measures passed in seven states, according to the the Center for Public Integrity. It was a 2013 finalist for Harvard’s Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize.

    Participants will work part-time starting in fall and through early 2016 and will be expected to answer 200-300 questions using data during the first two months of the project.… Read more

    Is there a market for good news? The Washington Post wants to find out

    September 18, 2014

    IVOH

    The Washington Post has good news.

    The Optimist, a new newsletter, is “a collection of stories that’s part feel-good, part success-against-all-odds,” Mike Wallberg reported for Images & Voices of Hope.

    “It’s an artisanal, made-with-love weekly mix that might bear some similarities to that of a show such as ‘CBS Sunday Morning,’” said David Beard, Optimist editor and Post director of digital content. “Our hope is that it offers a reflective, inspiring experience that will help readers consider new things and gear up for the week ahead.”

    Here are some other sites to go to when you need a little good news:

    Huffpost Good News

    Today Good News!:

    Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    GoodNewsNetwork: A sampling of curated headlines from Thursday includes “Wedding Photo From 9/11 Rubble Now in Owner’s Hand 13 Years Later,” and “Man Pays $1,000 to Feed Drive-thru Customers at Texas Chick-Fil-A.”

    And since we’re talking about things that make good news, this newsroom take on “Happy” should be included.… Read more

    AFP will no longer use work from freelancers in Syria

    September 18, 2014

    AFP

    Agence France-Presse will “no longer accept work from freelance journalists who travel to places where we ourselves would not venture,” global news director Michèle Léridon writes. AFP has a bureau in Damascus. Leridon continues:

    It is a strong decision, and one that may not have been made clear enough, so I will repeat it here: if someone travels to Syria and offers us images or information when they return, we will not use it. Freelancers have paid a high price in the Syrian conflict. High enough. We will not encourage people to take that kind of risk.

    Léridon also lays out a nuanced position on whether AFP will rebroadcast images that originated with the Islamic State group, saying it’s a “case by case basis.” She writes:

    IS videos are widely available online.

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