Guild leaders meet in Washington, DC

The News Media Guild’s top leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., the weekend of Aug. 10-12 for annual meetings.

Among the highlights:

  • -The Representative Assembly adopted a budget for the coming year that is fairly conservative with regard to membership levels and continued bargaining expenses.
  • The Representative Assembly elected Kimberlee Kruesi of Boise as its chair and Mike Cidoni Lennox of Los Angeles as vice chair.
  • The Guild’s bargaining team gave an update as contract negotiations near the one-year mark.
  • A new recognition, called the Freeman Award, was presented to Guild 2nd vice president Mike Warren of Atlanta. Named for former Guild member and mobilizer Rick Freeman, the award honors the Guild member who goes above and beyond in service to the Guild. Mike has been instrumental in signing up new members and led a petition drive on contract negotiations that included signatures from more than 600 AP employees. Rick, who died last year from brain cancer at age 40, was a tireless advocate for unions and workers and we hope this award can keep his legacy alive.