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Dawn Yancy, John McAloon in election for CU first vice chair

July 15, 2014

CONSUMERS UNION - Dawn Yancy, assistant treasurer of the Consumers Union Guild unit, will face John McAloon, a unit vice chairperson, in a mail-ballot election to fill the vacant Unit Council position of first vice chairperson. Ballots are set to be sent to all Consumers Union Guild members on Thursday and collected from the Guild’s post office box on Aug. 11.

In Guild election rerun, slate is nominated without opposition

July 14, 2014

LOCAL BULLETIN - A single slate of candidates that includes the Guild's two current paid officers and its other incumbent rank-and-file leaders was deemed to be elected on Thursday when no opposing nominations were made in a government-supervised rerun of last November's triennial election that the Guild agreed to hold.

Nomination Notice

June 30, 2014

Pursuant to a voluntary compliance agreement between the United States Department of Labor (DOL) OLMS and Communications Workers Local 31003, The Newspaper Guild of New York (TNGNY), a new election will be conducted for several Guild offices. 

Guild has an APP for America's deepening retirement crisis

June 24, 2014

LOCAL BULLETIN - An innovative Guild-pioneered pension plan that could become a blueprint for helping to resolve America’s deepening retirement crisis has received the federal government’s blessing, making it a readily available union bargaining option that removes employers' main fear about traditional pensions.

Two activists named winners of 2014 Keenan Award

May 30, 2014

LOCAL BULLETIN - Standard & Poor’s Unit Chair Randye Gilliam and Hudson News Grievance Chair Montasir Islam, both of whom had central roles in their respective contract negotiations last year, were named winners of the Guild’s 2014 Keenan Award.  The award will be presented at a meeting open to all Guild members on Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. The Guild’s semi-annual membership meeting also will feature reports from Local Chair Karen Rohan, President Bill O’Meara and Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely. 

Guild moves to rerun election after DOL cites technical defects

May 22, 2014

LOCAL BULLETIN - Acting on a recommendation from the Local Elections Committee, the New York Guild’s Executive Committee has authorized the union’s attorney to negotiate with the U.S. Department of Labor over terms for rerunning last November’s election of local officers. The decision came shortly after the Labor Department notified the Guild of two possible administrative problems that had the statistical potential to affect the outcome of the election.

Empire State scholarship offered

May 14, 2014

BULLETIN - Full scholarship applications for union members and their families pursuing degrees at Empire State College of the State University of New York are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Keenan Service Award nominations open until May 16

May 1, 2014

LOCAL BULLETIN - The Guild is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for its annual service award, named in honor of the late Tom Keenan. Each year, the Keenan Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a Guild member. Nominations, which can be made by any member, are open until Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m. EDT.

New York explosion claims life of El Diario editor's husband

March 14, 2014

LOCAL BULLETIN - A deadly explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in New York City on Wednesday had tragic consequences for a Guild member. Among the known dead in the East Harlem blast was the husband of Guild member Liseth Perez, an editor at El Diario. The Guild is taking up a collection.

Election-related charge that Guild violated rights is rejected

March 7, 2014

LOCAL BULLETIN - Federal authorities last week dismissed a claim that the Guild violated the rights of hundreds of its members when its independent Local Elections Committee asked that Consumer Reports not allow its company email system to be used for a so-called digital debate ahead of last fall’s leadership election.