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Guild Executive Committee to recommend bylaws changes

The News Media Guild’s Executive Committee will recommend bylaws changes later this year, including a realignment of the union’s governing bodies.

The EC voted unanimously at its meeting in February to recommend that the union have five rather than seven members on the EC. It also voted to realign the Representative Assembly and to have fewer RA members.

“The recommendations reflect the fact that The Associated Press has fewer staffers so the union needs fewer people to represent those staffers,” Guild President Martha Waggoner said.

In addition, the changes will reduce costs, which is important as the Guild deals with a diminishing membership base in the wake of AP layoffs and staff departures, Waggoner said.

Waggoner and Kevin Keane, the Guild’s administrative officer have revised the bylaws, which the union’s attorney will review before all the proposed changes are mailed to members to vote.

Another proposed change involves the number of people necessary to sign a nominating form for Guild elections. The bylaws now require 10 signatures, and the EC is recommending that the number be reduced to three. The EC recommends this change also because of the reduction in the number of AP staffers.

During its two-day meeting, the EC also reviewed the budget; discussed ongoing bargaining at The Guardian; and reviewed plans for bargaining for AP staffers, whose contract expires at the end of September.

If you’re interested in serving as a negotiator or as the mobilizer for AP negotiations, please email Keane and/or Waggoner at kkeane@newsmediaguild.org or mwaggoner@newsmediaguild.org.

In addition to Keane and Waggoner, the EC members attending the meeting were: John Braunreiter, first vice president; Vin Cherwoo, secretary-treasurer; Barbara Rodriguez, second vice president; Don Ryan, third vice president; Steve Karnowski, fourth vice president; and Jill Bleed, fifth vice president.

The RA’s vice chair, Stephanie Nano, also attended the meeting; the RA chair, Carla Johnson, participated by phone.

News Media Guild members pass proposed bylaw changes

 

News Media Guild members have approved key bylaw changes.72440_161201260570770_5013864_n[1]

Members voted 143-3 in favor of several changes, which were proposed by the union’s leadership.

The changes include providing an expedited grievance appeals procedure and opening the two New York City Representative Assembly seats to any New York City member. Previously, one seat each was held by an editorial and non-editorial staffer working at AP headquarters.

The changes also give NMG’s Elections Committee, rather than the Executive Committee, the power to rule on whether election rules have been violated. A final change allows for votes by conference call or meetings for small units within NMG.

Seven ballots were not counted because they were not enclosed in the secret ballot envelope, no vote indicated on the ballot or the outer envelope was unsigned.

REFERENDUM BALLOTS MAILED TO ALL NMG MEMBERS

 

News Media Guild members in good standing will soon receive ballots for voting on proposed bylaw changes recommended by the union’s Executive Committee. The ballots will be collected and tallied on June 19.

The changes would include providing an expedited grievance appeals procedure and opening the two New York City Representative Assembly seats to any New York City member, rather than giving one each to editorial and noneditorial staffers.

The changes also would have NMG’s Elections Committee, rather than the Executive Committee, rule on whether election rules have been violated, and allow for vote by conference call or meetings for small units within NMG.

News Media Guild members to vote on bylaws changes

 

The News Media Guild is sending proposed bylaw changes to all members for a referendum vote. Ballots will be mailed no later than May 21, 2013, and will be collected and tallied on June 19, 2013.

The changes would:

_provide an expedited grievance appeals procedure.

_realign the AP New York City Representative Assembly seats. The two RA seats there would now be open to any New York City member. Currently, one of the two seats is for an editorial employee and the other is for a non-editorial staffer.

_have NMG’s Elections Committeedecisions rule on whether elections are null and void because of election rule violations. That’s now decided by the Executive Committee.

_delete trial board terms from our bylaws.

_allow for non-ballot voting, which could be used for small shops. They would be able to meet and vote by conference call or meetings.

_state that the administrator is responsible to the Representative Assembly as well as the EC and the membership.

_make a few terms consistent and in compliance with the law as suggested by counsel. Continue reading