NMG President Martha Waggoner addresses TNG convention

NMG President and TNG International Chair Martha Waggoner speaks April 19, 2013 at the TNG Sector Conference in Pittsburgh

NMG President and TNG International Chair Martha Waggoner speaks April 19, 2013 at the TNG Sector Conference in Pittsburgh

News Media Guild President Martha Waggoner told fellow journalists and union activists at The Newspaper Guild’s sector conference that anti-worker corporate moves, court decisions and other events are attacks on both journalism and unions.

For both the institutions of journalism and unions, darkness is spreading, making our fight even more important, Waggoner said, speaking last Thursday at TNG’s business and strategy meeting.

“Journalists _ reporters, photographers and video journalists _ are the people who shine the light on the problems in this world, on the suffering of those in need who are the victims of the powerful,” she said.

 

Waggoner, TNG’s international chair, its highest non-staff position, spoke of employers enriching themselves while squeezing workers and of court decisions that have left the National Labor Relations Board unable to do its job of enforcing labor laws and protecting workers.

“That makes our fight even more important. We cannot abandon our stands for quality journalism and working people, whose futures, I believe, are inextricably tied,” Waggoner said.

As journalists, our role is to witness and record social injustices so that everyone is aware, Waggoner said. As union members, we’ve been fighting long and hard for standards including equal pay, eight-hour work days and weekends off, things many people now take for granted.

Now TNG and its parent union, Communications Workers of America, are building a broad coalition with other social justice movements with mutual interests, Waggoner said.

“I know you are just the people to light up the skies and find a way forward to the place where working people are respected and don’t just survive, but thrive,” she told a crowd of more than 100 union officers, administrators and TNG staff members.

To read her speech, link on: http://bit.ly/XY0833