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BARGAINING: Guild, AP open talks for new contract

Bargainers with the News Media Guild and The Associated Press opened talks Thursday on a new contract for the Guild’s editorial and technology units. The current contract expires June 30.

The Guild and the AP agreed to leave some items in the contract unchanged, including articles on Arbitration (Article 5), Individual Bargaining (Article 14), Military Service (Article 24) and Severability (Article 32) for both units, and General Wage Provisions (Article 13, concerning credit for classifications and experience) for the editorial unit.

The Guild suggested language cleanup on payroll information and grievance procedure, and advanced proposals on coverage, union security, normal work and advancement opportunities.

The AP rejected the proposal on coverage that modified current language that prevents farming out of bargaining unit work to result in the numerical reductions of the unit overall and tying it to business locations. The company said it has no goal or objective to reduce staff or the type of work that is to be performed.

The AP also rejected the proposal on union security to require employees to pay union dues or representation fees to the guild as a condition of employment.

The AP said it will discuss the proposal on normal work that says when new duties are added there must be a corresponding reduction of existing work or a prioritization specified upon request. The AP also did not respond to the proposal on advancement opportunities concerning career development.

Representing the Guild at were Vin Cherwoo of New York Sports; Michelle Monroe, a newsperson on the West Desk; John Braunreiter, a customer support specialist in Milwaukee; Guild administrative officer Kevin Keane; and Guild staff representative Luis Espinosa-Organista.

Representing the AP were attorney, Steve Macri; Teresita Seeberger, senior director of global human resources; David Scott, vice president of news strategy and operations; Keisa Caesar, human resources manager; and Jean Maye, human resources director.

Talks will resume June 13.

Results of election for Executive Committee, Representative Assembly

An election was conducted for all seats on the News Media Guild’s Executive Committee (whose members shall also be jointly elected as TNG and CWA convention delegates) and the following seats on the Representative Assembly.

 

The following members have been elected without opposition:

Executive Committee and TNG Sector Conference/CWA Convention delegates. Three-year terms starting Feb. 22, 2021.

 

President and 1st delegate – Vin Cherwoo, New York

First Vice President and 2nd delegateJohn Braunreiter, Milwaukee

Secretary-Treasurer and 3rd delegate – Amanda Holpuch, Guardian, New York

Second Vice President and 4th delegate – Michael Warren, Atlanta

Third Vice President and 5th delegateKim Kruesi, Nashville

 

Representative Assembly. Three-year terms of office for both delegate and alternate, starting Feb. 22, 2021. The RA is divided into districts. You must work within a district to represent that district.

 

Editorial Unit, Central: Noah Trister, Detroit

EU New York City: Larry Fenn, Data Web Development

EU East: Jimmy Golen, Boston

EU Photographers: Sue Ogrocki, Oklahoma City

EU South: Terry Spencer, West Pam Beach

EU Television: Vacant

EU Washington: Darlene Superville

EU West: Michelle Monroe, Phoenix

Technology Unit: Ed Morsett, Phoenix

EFE News Service: Albert Traver, Washington

Guardian-US: Erum Salam, New York

 

The following members were elected as alternates:

TU: Elvis Cruz, New York

EFE: Marc Arcas, Los Angeles

EU New York, Dan Derella, Photos

EU Washington: Will Lester, Washington

 

Elections Committee

 

 

Pageant Media Staff Wins Union Vote, joins NMG

The editorial employees at Pageant Media, financial reporters who work primarily on B2B publications, won their union election on June 16, by a majority of 83%. The 26 members of the Pageant Media Workers Guild join the NYC-based News Media Guild, TNG-CWA Local 31222.

“We are thrilled to welcome Pageant Media into our local and look forward to representing them as they work toward a first contract,” News Media Guild President Jill Bleed said.

News Media Guild also represents workers at The Associated Press, The Guardian US, EFE and UPI.

“After a year of effort, PMWG is certified. Organizing definitely wasn’t easy during a global pandemic, but the team stuck together and helped each other through until we reached an 83% majority,” said Production Editor Luke Tuchscherer. “We look forward to working with all our fellow TNG-CWA members and stand in solidarity with all those fighting for workers’ rights.”

Despite a two-month-long anti-union campaign, they won the vote 15-3, with 5 contested ballots not counted. The group organized to address pay and benefits parity with the company’s UK office, to improve diversity in the newsroom, and to create transparency around job roles and promotions.

As Fund Intelligence reporter David Isenberg reflected, “Personally, I am grateful to my fellow workers for contributing to this hard-earned victory. If we continue to work together in this same spirit, I am confident we will see enormous gains in collective bargaining and beyond.”

Campaign leads Marissa Dadiw and Malcolm Emerich worked together on this campaign.

NMG hires Marissa Dadiw as organizer

The News Media Guild has hired Marissa Dadiw as a full-time organizer to bolster union efforts.

Dadiw has been tasked with leading union organizing campaigns at media companies primarily based in the New York area, as well as nationwide news services or websites. She will be vital in working with local organizers, identifying committee members and recruitment.

Dadiw is a communications professional with a background in the book publishing and nonprofit industries. She joined the News Media Guild full-time after being a member organizer for more than three years, working to build a union in the scholarly publishing sector.

Now, Dadiw is working with both publishing and media professionals to build power in previously underrepresented industries.

Originally from California, Dadiw has been in New York for the past 5 years working as a copywriter and copyeditor. She’s thrilled to be a part of the exciting wave of organizing that the Guild is leading across the country.

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