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News Archive 2015

Guild member loses home, pet dog in Christmas Day fire

December 29, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - While attending church on Christmas Day, Guild member Robert Janiec of WPIX-TV and his family lost their home to a fire that also claimed the life of their pet dog. Guild members and others who wish to donate to a fund that has been set up to help the family temporarily relocate may do so by CLICKING HERE.

Trump: A new risk for journalists, an old one for journalism

November 30, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - The list of on-the-job hazards for reporters got a little longer last week. Besides death, kidnapping, arrest, lawsuits and subpoenas to worry about, journalists now risk having Donald Trump make fun of their physical disabilities.  Even more disturbing is Trump's claim that he didn't do what we saw him do. Journalists need to hold Trump and others accountable to the truth.

AJAM Unit Council nomination meetings on Nov. 9

November 6, 2015

AL JAZEERA - On Monday, November 9th Guild members at Al Jazeera America Digital will be able to nominate officers for their Unit Council at one of two meetings scheduled that day at the Guild office at 43rd Street.

AJAM Guild Membership Meeting Report for Oct. 12, 2015

October 13, 2015

AL JAZEERA - Guild members meet to discuss the next steps toward getting a first contract after last week's union election victory.

RELEASE - Al Jazeera America Digital Journalists Vote Overwhelmingly to Join Union

October 6, 2015

AL JAZEERA - UPDATE: Management at the first digital media outlet to force a government-supervised election instead of voluntarily recognizing the union, has stated they will no longer oppose the inclusion of nine news editors in the newly-formed unit. NewsGuild president Peter Szekely responds.

RELEASE - Al Jazeera America Digital Organizes with Guild

September 3, 2015

AL JAZEERA - An overwhelming majority of the digital newsroom of Al Jazeera America has signed onto the effort to unionize with The NewsGuild of New York. The group has called on AJAM’s management to voluntarily recognize their union. They are still awaiting a formal response from the company.

Get Ready to March at the 2015 NYC Labor Day Parade

August 18, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - Join your fellow members of The NewsGuild of New York, together with members of 300 local unions representing 1.3 million workers from every trade and occupation in the New York economy, as we proudly march up Fifth Avenue in the 2015 New York City Labor Day Parade.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
Time: Gather at 10:30 a.m., step off at 11:30 a.m.
Place: NY NewsGuild members gather on West 45th Street at Fifth Avenue

Bill O'Meara to retire as president; Peter Szekely to succeed him Sept. 1

August 7, 2015

LOCAL BULLETIN - NewsGuild of New York President Bill O'Meara announced  this week that he will retire on Aug. 31 “for health and personal reasons,” after 27 years working at the Local, including the last eight years as its leader. O'Meara will be succeeded for the remaining 16 months of his three-year term by the Local's No. 2 officer, Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely.

The Guardian US Writers Vote Unanimously to Join The NewsGuild-CWA

July 30, 2015

Writers and staff members of The Guardian US announced Wednesday that they voted 45-0 to join The NewsGuild-CWA, through an expedited election agreed to by The Guardian’s management and staff. The announcement is the latest in a series of organizing victories for digital news reporters.

Job Opening

July 6, 2015

The NewsGuild of New York, CWA Local 31003, with a membership as diverse as our city, seeks an experienced union representative with bargaining experience ready to hit the ground running to advocate for, communicate with and organize news industry employees in the America’s media capital.

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.

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 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.