A new year, new president & new opportunities for Guild
A new year has arrived, and with it comes a new beginning for me as President of The NewsGuild of New York. I am filled with pride at the opportunity to serve you, our members.
I fully intend to honor the campaign promises I made from day one, each of them aimed at putting our members first as we embark on the next chapter for our local and the ever-changing media industry.
Change brings new possibilities and opportunities. In the coming weeks, as I visit members in each of the Guild’s 21 shops, I will be rolling out a series of initiatives to support our members and strengthen our union.
It is imperative today that our members are better represented than ever before and better prepared to handle new challenges. This requires strengthening our union by growing our ranks of members and activists, establishing member-driven committees, providing training opportunities and exhausting every resource the Guild has at its disposal.
As I have met with many of you in the past few weeks, I have been moved by your energy and enthusiasm. You embody the fighting spirit that is essential to becoming an even stronger union with a more powerful voice -- a voice that management can’t ignore.
I hope that as many of you as possible will attend the Guild’s General Membership Meeting on January 24. I encourage you to ask questions, share ideas and suggest new ways that we can serve you as our jobs and workplaces rapidly evolve.
Leadership changes are a chance to review what an organization does well and what it can do better. That is exactly what I’m doing now. As I put my plans into action, in accordance with your feedback and constructive criticism, I am committed to building a more robust union.
I want to thank our previous president, Peter Szekely, for his many years of service to the Guild, rising from a Reuters shop steward to top leadership.
My best wishes to you and your families for a happy and healthy New Year. As our new year and new journey begin, I promise to be by your side each and every step of the way.
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