Recent organizing successes highlighted this year’s sector conference of the NewsGuild-CWA, held in Orlando last weekend.
The union, which represents nearly 20,000 journalists in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, has seen a surge in newsroom unionization in recent years. In 2018, more than 1,400 news industry employees at more than 20 companies joined the Guild’s ranks, and many more organizing drives are in the works.
At the meeting, the Guild’s delegates and guests heard from journalists from the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, the Omaha World-Herald, The New Yorker, the Virginian-Pilot, the Florida Times-Union, Law360, the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota and the Lakeland Ledger _ all of which have formed unions with the NewsGuild-CWA in recent years.
In other business, News Media Guild’s Martha Waggoner was elected to her third term as international chair of NewsGuild-CWA. Marian Needham was elected to another term as an executive vice president.
There will be an election this year for NewsGuild-CWA president. Current president Bernie Lunzer was nominated for another term, and Jon Schleuss of the Los Angeles Times was also nominated. An election will be held later this year for the position.
In other business, delegates passed a resolution calling for locals to conduct pay equity studies and another calling for the prosecution of anyone who assaults a journalist on the job. The delegates also passed a resolution honoring Melissa Nelson, who was the Guild’s longtime director of collective bargaining before retiring last year.