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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.

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.

El Diario employees, current and laid-off, were joined by Guild and other union leaders on June 26 outside the papers Brooklyn offices for a rally to reinstate eight laid-off Guild members.
"Bring them back," demand El Diario workers and Guild officers on June 26.

"Bring them back," demand El Diario workers and Guild officers on June 26.

Scholastic Unit Chair Kathy Wilmore addresses colleagues and a May Day rally about the company's refusal to come to the table to finish contract talks.
May Day protesters join Scholastic Guild members in rallying for a contract.

May Day protesters join Scholastic Guild members in rallying for a contract.

    Local and Unit News

    Guild, Forward reach tentative agreement

    August 21, 2014

    FORWARD - The Guild and the Forward Association have reached a tentative agreement for Guild-represented employees in the Editorial and Business Departments, and at the Yiddish Forward. The Guild Bargaining Committee is unanimously recommending that members approve the tentative deal.

     

    Guild and allies call on ImpreMedia to halt threats against unionized employees

    August 19, 2014

    EL DIARIO - Former employees, community activists, labor leaders and Guild representatives all gathered on the steps on City Hall to  demand an end to the illegal firings and threats by ImpreMedia management against union-represented workers at the media company.

    ImpreMedia CEO's new pitch: situation complicated, not bleak

    August 14, 2014

    EL DIARIO - ImpreMedia CEO Francisco Seghezzo told El Diario Guild members last week that investors have been contributing $500,000 a year since 2012 in an effort to raise the paper's circulation, and that while ImpreMedia's finances are “in a complicated situation,” he “doesn’t think El Diario has a bleak future” -- a far cry from his June 24 assessment that El Diario is “almost broke.”

    Dawn Yancy narrowly wins election as CU first vice chair

    August 12, 2014

    CONSUMERS UNION - Dawn Yancy, assistant treasurer of the Consumers Union Guild unit, was narrowly elected over John McAloon, as the unit’s first vice chairperson. Yancy, an operations associate, received 70 votes in a special election to fill the vacant position. McAloon a unit vice chairperson who works as a test project leader, received 64 votes.

    Industry News

    The journalists you meet on West Florissant Avenue

    August 21, 2014

    Ryan Reilly, Alex Altman and Wesley Lowery work from the McDonald’s on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Kristen Hare)

    It starts at the McDonald’s on West Florissant Avenue, as it should if the purpose is to write about journalists covering Ferguson, Missouri. Wednesday, those journalists and some of the people they’re covering met here, at the place where The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly were arrested — before journalists getting arrested in Ferguson became a common story.

    And they’re here, of course, in the afternoon, plugged in and working. Time’s Washington correspondent Alex Altman sits nearby. So does Ben Casselman, chief economics reporter for FiveThirtyEight. The Boston Globe’s Akilah Johnson stops by. Other journalists sit and stand, cameras and videocameras resting on round high-top tables and the floor.… Read more

    Will Steacy photographed The Philadelphia Inquirer’s turmoil for 3 years

    August 21, 2014

    Will Steacy was in his New York apartment in 2011 when he got a call from his father in Philadelphia. It was bad news. After almost three decades at The Philadelphia Inquirer, his dad was being laid off.

    The call was painful. Steacy, a professional photographer, had spent the last three years chronicling financial hardship at the Inquirer for a project he called Deadline. Starting in 2009, he began capturing images that depicted the Inquirer’s struggle to survive during an era of diminished ad revenue: vacant desks, trash bins piled high with newsprint, an old typewriter being used as a bookend. Steacy took a break from the project for a month. When he came back, the first image he captured was of his dad’s old desk.… Read more

    CWA e-Newsletter: Aug. 21, 2014

    August 21, 2014

    Super Shuttle Drivers Move Closer to Justice; Bargaining Update; Peaceful Resistance in Ferguson; Nominate Young Women Workers for Berger-Marks Award; UCLA Professor Fined $10,000 for Death of Lab Worker; Bay News Rising Trains Next Generation of Journalists; CWA, Allies Enlist State Legislators in Fight Against TPP

    SuperShuttle Drivers Move Closer to Justice

    August 21, 2014

    This week, a division of the National Labor Relations Board advised the Colorado regional office to order SuperShuttle to rescind the sham contract it imposed on the 100 drivers and restore their lost wages and benefits.