The NewsGuild of New York—CWA Local 31003, with a membership as diverse as our city, seeks experienced, New York City-based Local Representatives with organizing, bargaining, and strike experience who is ready to work alongside and coach media workers as we collectively build power in a rapidly changing industry. 


NEW YORK — The New York Times Guild has announced their official decision to walk out tomorrow, Thursday, December 8, due to the company’s failure to bargain in good faith, reach a fair contract agreement with the workers and meet their demands. The Times Guild bargaining committee offered to stay at the table for as long as it took to reach a deal and avert the walk-out, but management walked away from the table a little before 7 PM ET and refused to return, with five hours to go. 


NEW YORK — Workers at the New York Times returned to the bargaining table Tuesday for the first bargaining session with the company following the announcement of their walk-out pledge, which was signed by more than 1,100 members of the unit, with a number of signatures coming in after the workers took the pledge public. Today’s bargaining was a planned session; the company has otherwise refused to enter into additional marathon bargaining, which the members requested in their letter to CEO Meredith Kopit Levien and Publisher A.G. Sulzberger as a way to reach a decision on a contract before their planned one-day walkout on Thursday, December 8. 


NEW YORK — A supermajority of workers have signed a pledge to walk out for one day if a deal is not reached by next Thursday, December 8. The walkout will be the first full day work stoppage from the newsroom employees since the late 70s, with a brief hour-long and lunch time walkouts in 2011 and 2017. 


Jon Schleuss, president of The NewsGuild-CWA, and Susan DeCarava, president of the NewsGuild of New York released the following statement regarding Gannett’s announcement of layoffs on December 1, 2022. 


NEW YORK — As Reuters hosts global leaders from across the world for its annual Reuters NEXT forum, the company’s workers and journalists will stage a two-day informational picket outside of the event in Midtown Manhattan. 


The NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and a dynamic, member-led union, seeks a highly experienced and motivated campaign lead as a lead organizer on a comprehensive corporate campaign.

The position is initially slated to last a year but is subject to possible extension.


NATIONAL — NewsGuild of New York members at Thomson Reuters announced today that a supermajority of union members voted in favor of authorizing their bargaining committee to call a strike if their employer continues bargaining in bad faith. The vote took place across two days, Thursday, November 3 2022 to Friday, November 4, 2022. Eighty percent of the bargaining unit participated in the vote and 81% voted in favor of the strike authorization.


A supermajority of journalists from The Desert Sun, Arizona Republic, and 12 newsrooms in New Jersey and New York including the Record, Asbury Park Press and The Journal News are walking off of the job today in protest of Gannett’s austerity measures which are devastating local news around the country. 


The NewsGuild of New York unequivocally condemns the recent decision by U.S. District Court Judge John L. Sinatra Jr that forces Starbucks Workers United to turn over confidential communications between workers and members of the press regarding their organizing efforts. This decision is an unprecedented violation of the fundamental principles of a free press and a brazen attack on workers’ rights. 


The Guild has exciting workshops and panels planned for the Fall season including stewards training and strikes and labor law. 


The NewsGuild of New York is pleased to announce the following newly elected leadership of the Local. These thirteen officers, elected without contest, will serve a three-year term beginning on January 2, 2023. These officers, along with the Unit Chair of each NY Guild bargaining unit, make up the Local’s Executive Committee. We will be sending a full roster of the Executive Committee, along with more exciting news about the upcoming term, in the coming weeks.  


This afternoon Gannett announced plans to cut employee benefits, push buyouts and require non-union employees to take unpaid leave. This announcement came only two months after the company laid off 400 employees and cut another 400 open positions. Gannett’s executives continued to make their motives clear, despite their mission “to build trusted local communities where people thrive.” 



Journalists employed by Gannett are highlighting the contrast between this lavish event and their employer’s greed when it comes to paying their employees equitable wages, forcing many to suffer from food insecurity. This demonstration comes amidst a string of direct actions taken by unionized Gannett employees all across the country protesting recent massive staff cuts across newsrooms.


Gannett employees, both union and non-union, along with elected representatives and activists will gather for a public rally on Zoom to talk about their national fight to bring back local news. The webinar will be open to the public. 


Our Local held our first ever, hugely successful Strike School! If you missed it, here’s a recap.



The NewsGuild-CWA is calling on members of Congress to improve the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act so that it protects local journalists and strengthens local reporting. The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning and now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.



A new handout, "How We Fought & What We Won" details a list of recent NewsGuild NY strikes, strike-authorization votes, and contract wins across our local. 


NEW YORK – The Atlantic’s business and technology teams won formal recognition of their union today, after a card count confirmed supermajority support. The workers announced their intent to unionize back in July with the New York NewsGuild, joining their editorial colleagues at The Atlantic, who unionized nearly a year earlier in June of 2021. 


As Summer is winding down, I wanted to share a moment of appreciation for all that we have accomplished together. Our Local has been busy! Wherever you are — whether you’re gearing up for the start of the school year, catching the tail end of a vacation, or plotting the next big collective action with your Guild colleagues — I encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect on all of our incredible work. In just a brief few months, we have:



In a landslide decision of 807 for and 176 against, 82% of voters approved a referendum updating The NewsGuild of New York’s bylaws. The resounding vote demonstrated  the overwhelming support and urgency to continue growing a democratic, member-led, fighting union. 


NEW YORK — TIME Union workers have voted unanimously to ratify a new contract, a historic agreement that covers all TIME editorial employees without any divisions among the print and digital sides of TIME or TIME for Kids. The deal was finalized on July 21, 2022, and ratified Monday, August 15, 2022. 


NATIONAL — Hundreds of workers employed by Gannett-owned newsrooms are taking a coordinated lunch break today in response to a string of emails from upper management last week that threatened layoffs due to the company’s second quarter financials. According to Mike Reed, Chairman and CEO, Gannett must “responsibly and proactively [align] resources to our highest strategic priorities and [lower] costs to be in line with revenues.” 


NATIONAL – Nearly 300 journalists at Reuters, the global news agency, will walk off the job today for 24 hours in protest of management’s slow-walking contract renewal negotiations, the first major labor action by journalists at the company in more than 30 years. Reuters journalists, photographers, videographers, copy editors, producers and technicians are represented by The NewsGuild of New York. 


NEW YORK – The Atlantic’s business and technology teams announced the formation of a union today, the latest sign of growing support for unions among both tech and administrative workers in the media industry. 


NEW YORK - The WIRED union, a unit of The NewsGuild of New York, which represents over 55 workers at the technology magazine, reached an agreement on a first contract with management late Monday night. The culmination of nearly 14 months of bargaining, the agreement allows the company to avoid a planned strike on Amazon Prime Days, July 12th and 13th, two of the most lucrative traffic days of the year for WIRED Magazine. Over 95% of the unit had signed on to walk off the job this morning. 


The Guild has exciting workshops and panels planned for the Summer season including effective meeting facilitation, assembling your dream team, moving your co-workers into action, and labor law 101. 


NEW YORK — The staff of Wired, the science and technology magazine owned by Condé Nast and represented by The NewsGuild of New York, announced today that over 97% of the workers are prepared to strike on the two days of Prime Day, July 12th and 13th, if the company refuses to bargain in good faith and reach an agreement with the union before then.


We encourage our members to respond to this assault on personal freedom and essential health care by doing what we do best: organizing to protect our rights in the workplace.The federal National Labor Relations Act gives most private-sector workers the right to unionize and take collective action, including protecting the right of workers to speak publicly about their working conditions.


Management doesn’t approach bargaining as a give-or-take and neither should we. We are there to take—and how much we get is dependent on how united and ready for collective action we are. The contract we win is a reflection of the power we build. So let’s have a little fun with management’s schemes by turning their tactics into a game.


We’re thrilled to invite Guild members across our local to our Spring Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM EST. Since our last meeting in September, we’ve celebrated some historic wins, welcomed an unprecedented amount of members into our union, and consistently led the way in showing what a fighting, democratic union can do during a time of turmoil and uncertainty. 

This year, we’re honored to have award-winning science journalist and NY Guild member Ed Yong join us as our Keynote Speaker,


NEW YORK — The TIME Union announces plans for a one-day strike as their bargaining committee heads back into negotiations today. Members have signed on to a letter to management this morning announcing their plan to walkout on May 23rd, when the magazine releases its highly-anticipated annual TIME100, if a contract agreement is not reached by then.


NEW YORK — Today, the Buzzfeed News Union voted unanimously to ratify their first union contract with the company. This past March, over 91% of the unit voted in favor of a strike amidst announcement of proposed cuts at the company. Throughout the bargaining process, members have engaged in collective, concerted, and escalating actions to move management toward a more just and serious bargaining process, including a one day walkout last December. 


The nomination and election to fill four vacancies in the position of Executive Committee Vice Chair shall be conducted in accordance with the Bylaws of the NewsGuild of New York, Federal Law, the TNG Constitution, the CWA Constitution,  and these rules adopted by the Local Election Committee on April 15, 2022.



NEW YORK - The Consumer Reports Guild, which represents over 250 workers at Consumer Reports Magazine and consumerreports.org, voted overwhelmingly to ratify their contract 192 to 4. The contract includes up to 12 weeks of parental leave at full pay, a $3k ratification bonus, and strong DEI policies. 


The Guild has exciting workshops and panels planned for the Spring season including effective meeting facilitation, assembling your dream team, moving your co-workers into action, and labor law 101. 


NEW YORK — The NewsGuild of New York-represented workers at BuzzFeed News announced they have overwhelmingly voted to authorize the bargaining team to call a strike should management continue bargaining in bad faith. The vote was taken during this afternoon’s bargaining session The unit represents 61 members. 90% of the unit participated in the strike vote, with 91% voting to authorize the bargaining team to call a strike. 


NEW YORK – In a major step forward for workers organizing in the media industry, employees of Condé Nast’s editorial brands and Conde Nast Entertainment announced today the formation of Condé Nast Union, demanding voluntary recognition from management. 


NEW YORK - Following the announcement Monday from CEO Jonah Peretti that Buzzfeed plans to drastically shrink it’s news division and offer voluntary buyouts to employees, the Buzzfeed News Union, represented by The NewsGuild of New York, released the following statement.


NEW YORK - In a letter sent Monday to Dina Nathanson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Dotdash Meredith, 22 New York state senators and assembly members are highlighting the company’s failure to obey the NY HERO Act, which protects workplace safety during airborne disease outbreaks. Read the 22 Legislators’ Full Letter Here 


The National Labor Relations Board today announced that, in a 404-88 blowout vote, New York Times tech workers had won their election for a union, after a year-long campaign that was met with aggressive union-busting tactics from management. 85% of the unit voted in the election. The 600-member Times Tech Guild will be the largest union of tech workers with bargaining rights in the country. The unit includes software engineers, data analysts, project managers, product managers, and designers. The unit is represented by The NewsGuild of New York, part of NewsGuild-CWA, and affiliated with CODE-CWA.


Unionized workers of Gizmodo Media Group Union, part of Writers Guild of America East, are on strike starting today to protest the company’s persistent disrespect at the bargaining table in the face of workers’ good-faith proposals. They are asking people not to click on or contribute content to ​​Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker and The Root.


The Guild has exciting workshops and panels planned for February and March including effective meeting facilitation, two-part Stewards training, organizing conversations, and how the New Yorker organized to a strike. Register today and feel free to invite your Guild colleagues! 


This morning, with less than an hour’s notice, Dotdash Meredith announced the closure of EW’s print magazine and the layoff of 17 valued colleagues, including nine members of our Meredith Union. The company conducted the layoffs in a rushed and disrespectful fashion unbefitting of the long and dedicated service the workers provided to the publication. 


We're hiring! The NewsGuild of New York, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and a dynamic, member-led union, seeks a highly experienced and motivated campaign lead to work on a strategic contract campaign.


The NewsGuild of New York Calls on Employers to Do More to Protect All Workers and Reduce Community Transmission of COVID-19


An election to formalize the union of six hundred New York Times tech workers begins today as the National Labor Relations Board begins sending out ballots. It is a historic milestone in a campaign where workers have fought for recognition since first announcing that they had formed a union last April. Ballots will be counted between February 28 and March 7. 


Sports Illustrated Union, which represents 94 workers across the sports publication, has voted unanimously to ratify their contract with Sports Illustrated management and The Arena Group. The deal was finalized on December 31, 2021 and ratified Thursday, January 20, 2022. The deal includes a transformative policy on metric-based quotas, huge improvements to diversity, equity, and inclusion standards in the workplace, and an equitable severance policy, among other things. 


In a long-awaited decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today ruled that New York Times tech workers can hold a vote on unionization starting later this month as one united bargaining unit. It marks a major victory for tech workers at the Times, who first announced the formation of their union in April and have met resistance from the Times at every step, including an attempt in August to divide the group into separate job-specific units and disenfranchise dozens of voters.


The Guild is pleased to announce that our new Local Chair is Jody Godoy of Reuters. Godoy is a legal reporter at Reuters who has served on the Guild’s Executive Committee since 2018. She previously worked at Law360, where she was a member of the bargaining committee that secured the shop’s first contract.