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New name for your parent union; Waggoner re-elected as international chair

Your parent union has a new name, and your president was re-elected as international chair of that union during a sector conference in Orlando, Fla.

Delegates to the 2015 Newspaper Guild sector conference in January voted to change the name to NewsGuild-CWA to reflect the change in the type of journalists we represent. Prior to the vote, TNG’s board, led by News Media Guild President Martha Waggoner in her role as international chair, supported the name change. Waggoner also supported the change.

News Media Guild President Martha Waggoner speaks the NewsGuild-CWA sector conference Jan. 17 , 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

News Media Guild President Martha Waggoner speaks the NewsGuild-CWA sector conference Jan. 17 , 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

Prior to the voice vote, TNG President Bernie Lunzer told delegates how long he’d wanted the change.

“In 1995, when there was the World Wide Web and the information super highway was coming our way, one of my first actions as secretary-treasurer was to reserve two URLs,” he said. He had no doubt that after the Guild met a couple of months later, the union would be using NewsGuild.org or MediaGuild.org.

He was wrong then, and wrong again several other times the past two decades. This year, he was pretty sure it would pass, and he was right. Continue reading