In three years, our union's membership has grown 28%, we’ve won 27 contracts and we’ve proven that we are ready to do whatever it takes to fight for our jobs.

 

These accomplishments have come in no small part because of our current 1.75% dues rate.

 

This is why we, the elected membership of the NYGuild’s Executive Committee, are asking that you vote yes on an upcoming referendum to maintain our current dues rate, 1.75%, on a permanent basis.

 

A “yes” vote will keep our revenue stable and show management our union will stay in fighting shape for years to come. 

Life-saving news needs a stimulus

News-gathering operations are essential for a well-functioning society, especially in times of crisis. However, many newsrooms have been reduced to skeletal staffs and some have disappeared altogether. The NewsGuild Executive Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for federal, state, provincial, and local governments to provide public funds to sustain news operations. Public stimulus funds are quite possibly the only way to ensure long-term viability for these vital news-gathering operations. Learn more here. 

Combatting Sexual Harassment Together

Read the Executive Committee's letter to the local's membership on the union's commitment to protect and defend any member who might be dealing with harassment in the workplace. Additionally, find out how the Guild can be of service to its members in such situations and how, as coworkers, we can comfort and assist anyone dealing with harassment.  

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Guild Stronger - Testimonials

Vicki Crosson

Times Tech

"A YES vote will help us to support all shops (from the new and underground shops to those that have existed for decades) become powerhouses with strong contracts and strong protections!"

Nish Suvarnakar

Consumer Reports

"I'm voting yes because raising the dues worked. We've added more shops in the last three years than we did in the previous 4. More members are organizing and choosing collective power in the workplace, legacy shops are securing their strongest contracts, and new shops are adding provisions to contracts that envision a more inclusive and flexible workplace. Keeping the dues rate permanent ensures we will have a strong, fighting union for the years to come."

Juan-Carlos Rodriguez

Law360

"Management is never going to get easier to deal with. We need to make sure that the Guild is sufficiently funded to support our union work, from contract bargaining to strikes. This referendum keeps us on the right path. I'm voting yes because I believe in supporting the strongest Guild possible and showing management we will never back down!"

Richard Handel

Consumer Reports

"I want the News Guild of NY to be strong and financially stable so it can fight for our benefits now and in the future."

Carrie Price

Times Tech

"I am so grateful for all the work the local does to help ensure our members have what we need to build a better workplace. Our dues make it possible for that work to continue and helps create opportunities for other workers trying to unionize like we did."

Goran Svorcan-Merola

Times Tech

"I'm voting yes because I believe part of what will keep our unit strong is having a strong local, and that takes money for resources for each unit. We at Times Tech have been getting help from the local for almost 6 years now as we've got from inception to recognition and now zeroing in on a contract without having paid a cent in dues. I'd love for the opportunity to pay that forward to other shops once we ratify our contract and am excited to keep our local strong for even more wins in the future!"

Sierra Saitta

The New York Times

"I'm voting yes because the union is all of us and we get out what we put in. A strong union requires investment from us all."

David Klopfenstein

Times Tech

"I want our local to be strong, with the resources it needs. I want to pay it forward to workers who want to organize!"

Hailey Konnath

Law360

"I'm voting yes on the dues referendum because a strong, fighting union like ours needs the resources to organize new shops, stand up to big corporations at the bargaining table and enforce our fantastic contracts. I've reaped the benefits of the NewsGuild of New York's incredible staff, expertise and other resources both as a member of an organizing committee and as a member of a bargaining committee. We could've never won the union election at my first shop nor achieve the groundbreaking contract at my second shop without the power of the NewsGuild of New York behind us. We need these dues so we can continue to fight the boss (and win!) and keep our incredible momentum going."

When Daily Beast management – led by our new corporate partners Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles – informed us several weeks ago they were looking to slash staff in our newsroom, our bargaining team went right to work.

We successfully negotiated a robust buyout plan for our members, giving them the chance to decide for themselves if they wanted to leave the company. Twenty-five unit members, or roughly 70 percent of our unit, applied for the buyout. Our members now have a seven-day window to accept the buyout or rescind their application, which will mean the total number of members who choose to leave could change.

We have also won job security for unit members who choose to stay with the Company. Because we expect to exceed $1.5 million in payroll savings through the buyouts, unit members will be protected from any layoffs through Dec. 31, 2024.

We have also struck a tentative two-year collective bargaining agreement with the Company that benefits all of our members, whether they are choosing to take a buyout or staying. We have achieved retroactive pay increases from January 1 for all members. For members who are staying, the contract lifts wages for the lowest earners by at least 4% in 2024 (4.5% in 2025); mid-range earners by 2.5% in 2024 and 3% in 2025; higher-paid earners by 1% in 2024 and 1.5% in 2025; and top-paid workers by .5% in both years.

We have been in the driver's seat of this process since Sherwood and Coles arrived at the Beast. We have battled with Company lawyers, demanded information in the face of uncertainty, and have won the fight for our colleagues to design their own futures. The security and dignity we’ve afforded our colleagues affirms that our work is valuable and empowering. No matter how many members accept the buyout, our work as a Union will continue. Managers come and go, but we, the Daily Beast Union, are here to stay.

TRENTON – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed into law a bill rolling back significant portions of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), ignoring the pleas of hundreds of NewsGuild members, community organizers and members of the public calling for the state to protect this vital tool of transparency.

The Daily Beast Union learned this morning in a throwaway line at the end of an email that new management had replaced EIC Tracy Connor. Tracy has contributed years of valuable service to our newsroom, mentored countless young journalists, and organized an untold number of office Secret Santas. Throughout the chaos of these recent, abrupt changes in leadership, she has supported, defended, and shielded the newsroom. The Daily Beast would not be what it is without Tracy’s inimitable talents and years of expertise, and we will miss her dearly. In addition, we are disappointed by the disrespectful treatment that she has received over the past few weeks — and this includes the nature of her dismissal.

NEW YORK – NewsGuild of New York-represented staff at Condé Nast brands such as Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Bon Appétit and more on Tuesday overwhelmingly ratified a three-year contract with the publisher.

October 10, 2023 — Members of the Reviewed Union, which represents workers at Gannett’s flagship consumer review site, will walk off the job on Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days event today in protest of management’s failure to schedule bargaining dates and revocation of overtime pay from hourly employees after the announcement of the union last year. The Reviewed Union is one of more than 50 Gannett bargaining units represented by The NewsGuild-CWA.

NEW YORK – In response to Gannett’s second quarter earnings call this morning, where the company announced that digital subscription revenue had returned to growth over the past three months, Gannett union members and NewsGuild leadership released the following statements. The NewsGuild-CWA represents more than 50 Gannett bargaining units, covering more than 1,000 employees.