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Guild members at Consumer Reports protest layoff violations

June 27, 2015

CONSUMER REPORTS - Fed up with a new management team that rode roughshod over the contract during a round of layoffs, Consumer Reports Guild members took the the street during their lunch breaks on Friday to spotlight their company's bad behavior and to show solidarity with their 11 targeted Guild colleagues.

Guild's Keenan Award goes to Hudson News Chair Kazi Islam

June 23, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - Hudson News Unit Chair Kazi Islam, who has worked tirelessly to build a cohesive community among the retail and fast food workers of his sprawling Manhattan bargaining unit, is the New York Guild’s winner of the Guild’s 2015 Keenan Award. The award will be presented at a meeting open to all Guild members on Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

After Consumer Reports layoffs, members discuss responses

June 17, 2015

CONSUMER REPORTS - About 100 Guild members at Consumer Reports magazine gathered on Wednesday to discuss possible responses to a decision by the company’s new management team to go ahead with the layoffs of a dozen members, even though several aspects of its plan violate the contract.

New CU execs won’t budge from their flawed layoff plan

June 12, 2015

CONSUMER REPORTS - After four meetings aimed at trying to avert layoffs, it has become clear that the new management team has no intention of bargaining in good faith, and that these meetings were merely a ruse to feign the cooperation that is supposed to exist under the collective bargaining agreement. In doing so, Consumers Union management dismissed decades of good-faith bargaining and relationship-building in favor of trying to gut contractual protections.

CU layoff plan riddled with contract violations

June 8, 2015

CONSUMER REPORTS - Managers said they would soon enter into discussions with their "partners" in the Guild following an announcement about significant organizational changes – managementspeak for job cuts.  As it turns out, there was little partnership. The company told the Guild that "about 50 percent" of the eliminated jobs would be Guild-covered, and the discussions would be handled with "transparency" and in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). In fact, nothing was further from the truth.

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.