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News Archive 2016

Guild President Szekely bids farewell with call to service

December 28, 2016

LOCAL BULLETIN - After more than 30 years of activism, including the past 16 months as president of the New York Guild, Peter Szekely leaves office on Jan. 1 with a farewell message that extols service to others and urges Guild members to answer the call. Szekely, who will resume his journalism career at Reuters, also recounted the changes he helped usher in at the Guild. "I challenged myself, and so did others, to do things we'd never done before at a time when business as usual didn't work anymore," he said.

Election challenge rejected; no further appeals seen

December 9, 2016

With their arguments rejected Thursday by the local’s independent Election Committee, New York NewsGuild President Peter Szekely said he and his Growing Stronger Coalition will not further pursue a new election. Challenger Grant Glickson and his Members First slate won by a wide margin when the vote-by-mail ballots were counted at American Arbitration Association offices Nov. 18. Glickson defeated Szekely 831-572. “Although I disagree with some of the committee's reasoning, we recognize the challenge of making our case, given our limited resources and the margin of the vote count,” Szekely said. “Our slate therefore accepts the committee's report as the final word on the election results.”

Committee to rule Thursday on Guild election challenge

December 7, 2016

The NewsGuild’s independent Local Election Committee is expected to rule Thursday on a challenge from incumbent President Peter Szekely and his Growing Stronger Coalition over results of last month’s leadership election. Challenger Grant Glickson and his Members First Slate swept the elections, with Glickson, chair of The Guild unit at The New York Times, defeating Szekely 831-572. Szekely is seeking a re-run of the election, alleging multiple rule violations by opponents.

Glickson, 'Members First' slate win Guild election

November 18, 2016

Challenger Grant Glickson has been elected president of The NewsGuild of New York, defeating incumbent Peter Szekely, according to votes tallied Friday at the American Arbitration Association office in lower Manhattan. All candidates on Glickson’s “Members First” slate were elected, including Vincent Mallozzi as secretary-treasurer and Lan Lecour as local chairperson. See story for full results. New officers and Executive Committee members begin their terms on Jan. 2, 2017.

Defending labor, press rights in a Trump administration

November 15, 2016

LOCAL BULLETIN - After a U.S. presidential campaign like none we've ever seen, came an election night shock like nothing we ever imagined. As union members and journalists, we face the prospect of a more hostile future. But we are not powerless. We have our values and our craft.

Guild election slates filled; ballots in the mail this week

October 26, 2016

Two slates of candidates for president of The NewsGuild of New York and 21 other officer and Executive Committee positions have been finalized. Running for president are incumbent Peter Szekely and challenger Grant Glickson. Ballots, which will come with postage-free business reply envelopes, will be in the mail by Thursday, Oct. 27. Completed ballots must be returned to the American Arbitration Association no later than 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.

Guild lauds NYS AG proposal to curb non-competes

October 25, 2016

Following today’s announcement that New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is proposing the nation’s most comprehensive bill to curb misuse of non-compete agreements, NewsGuild of New York President Peter Szekely called the proposal "next logical step" after the Guild triggered an investigtion that led Law360 to withdraw non-competes for its employees.

Szekely, Glickson nominated for local presidency

October 7, 2016

Incumbent Peter Szekely and challenger Grant Glickson were nominated at a local membership meeting on Thursday for the presidency of The NewsGuild of New York. Szekely, previously the local’s secretary-treasurer, became president a year ago when Bill O’Meara retired. Glickson, unit chair at The New York Times and 2nd vice president of the local, ran against O’Meara for the presidency in 2013.

Editorial staff of Law360 votes overwhelmingly for Guild

August 24, 2016

LOCAL BULLETIN - A 92 percent majority of the editorial staff of legal news website Law360 voted for Guild representation in a government-run election on Wednesday, despite an intense three-week management anti-union campaign. The staff of more than 130 reporters, editors, and news assistants and apprentices across the United States voted 109 to nine in favor of Guild representation in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

Law360 editorial staff organizes with the NY NewsGuild

July 19, 2016

The editorial staff of legal news website Law360 on Tuesday petitioned for union representation with The NewsGuild of New York with the goal of improving management and editorial practices and ensuring that employees share in the company’s continued growth.

Scholastic's Wilmore wins Keenan Award; Meeting June 29

June 23, 2016

LOCAL BULLETIN - Kathy Wilmore, whose relentless drive to galvanize Guild members at Scholastic Inc. helped usher in a quick, hassle-free contract this year after a contentious battle three years ago, has won the New York Guild’s 2016 Keenan Service Award. The award will be presented at a meeting open to all Guild members on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Guild statement on settlement over non-compete deals

June 15, 2016

Following today’s announcement that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office reached a settlement with Law360 under which the legal news website will stop requiring its journalists to sign non-compete agreements, NewsGuild of New York President Peter Szekely issued a statement calling for legislation to explicitly bar the use of such agreements for print and digital journalists.

Guild issues statement on Gawker bankruptcy filing

June 10, 2016

Following the announcement that online publisher Gawker Media Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the aftermath of a $140 million judgment against it, NewsGuild of New York President Peter Szekely issued a statement about the threat that a billionaire's financing of an unrelated libel suit poses to a free press.

2016 Keenan service award nominations open until May 27

May 9, 2016

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 27 at 6 p.m. EDT.

Why the Verizon strike matters to us and how you can help

May 6, 2016

LOCAL BULLETIN - The Verizon strike matters to us not only because it involves our fellow CWA members, but because it goes to the heart of who we are: middle class workers struggling to stay in a shrinking middle class. Whether you work as a journalist or anything else, there are a few simple things NewsGuild members can do to support our fellow union members.

Scholarship for Guild members at Empire State College

April 11, 2016

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 2016-2017 academic year. Students who receive the scholarship will study online through Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning.

NYGuild Statement on Al Jazeera America Closure

January 13, 2016

AL JAZEERA - In response to AJAM management's announcement that they are shuttering their US operations, New York Guild President Peter Szekely issues a statement.