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News Archives 2015

Annual Keenan Service Award nominations open until May 22

May 7, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - The Guild has opened nominations for its annual service award, named in honor of the late Tom Keenan. Each year, the Keenan Award recognizes a Guild member who “has performed above and beyond the call of duty in service to the New York Local, and best exemplifies the ideals of a true labor leader, in the spirit of Tom Keenan.” Nominations, which can be made by any member, are open until Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. EDT.

Members OK cutting Guild's 'paper' name, revising bylaws

April 29, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - Guild members on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved removing “paper” from the name of their 81-year-old union and overhauling its bylaws for the first time in 17 years to streamline its leadership and governing structures. Members voted 407 to 105 to change the Local’s name from the Newspaper Guild of New York to The NewsGuild of New York.

Scholarship for Guild members at Empire State College

April 21, 2015

LOCAL 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 2015-2016 academic year. Students who receive the scholarship will study online through Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning.

Candidates nominated for CWA convention delegates, alternates

April 20, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - Sixteen candidates for delegates and alternates – eight each – to the 2015 convention of the Communications Workers of America were nominated on Monday, after the suggestion of a lack of a quorum halted nominations at last week’s Representative Assembly (RA) meeting.

Guild members to decide on changing name and bylaws

April 10, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - Should the Guild drop “newspaper” from its name? Should we revise our bylaws to streamline our leadership and governing structures? After months of discussion and debate, first by the Guild’s Administrative  Committee and then by the Executive Committee, both bodies recommended a “yes” vote on both questions. Now it is time for all members of the New York Guild to decide these questions in a referendum.

Guild, Consumer Reports agree to lock in new pension plan

March 5, 2015

CONSUMER REPORTS - The Guild and Consumer Reports today signed a tentative agreement that would lock in the two-year-old adjustable pension plan (APP) as a company benefit without an approval deadline, raise all salaries and extend for one more year the collective bargaining agreement that expired on Dec. 31. The agreement, which includes a 2.5 percent general wage increase, will be discussed and voted on at a meeting set for March 12.

Guild membership meeting postponed due to blizzard

January 26, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - The Newspaper Guild of New York's annual winter meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 has been postponed due to the impending severe winter storm. Instead, it will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Please make every effort to attend.

Member meeting, scholarship offers, dues max adjustment

January 21, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - The Guild will hold its annual winter membership meeting on Jan. 27 (UPDATE: Postponed to Feb. 3 due to blizzard) amid a swirl of contract campaigns and a decision by our parent union to change its name. In addition, Guild members are eligible for two separate scholarship programs, and the maximum weekly salary on which dues are assessed will increase on March 1. For the large majority of members, however, there will be no increase in dues.