NMG 1st VP Linda Johnson, President Martha Waggoner, Secretary/Treasurer Johns Braunreiter, Administrator Kevin Keane, Retired Members Council head Adolphe Bernotas
News Media Guild officers and other delegates attending The Newspaper Guild’s recent convention in Pittsburgh discussed the top challenges facing their locals and unions in general.Delegates from across the U.S., Canada to Puerto Rico also shared strategies for being more effective, particularly in strengthening our locals and winning better contracts.And they heard inspiring stories of organizing successes, including workers at the Dayton Daily News finally getting a new contract last year after a 26-year battle, and the Pacific Media Workers Guild starting an innovative mentoring program that gave students short paid internships, guidance and a positive experience with unions.
NMG President Martha Waggoner, who is also the TNG’s international chairwoman, told the crowd that the union’s fight is more important than ever. Continue reading
Associated Press senior correspondent Linda Deutsch was one of several journalists to speak at the inaugural “Spring Training for Journalists,” held in Los Angeles.
Deutsch, the nation’s premier courtroom reporter, held a room spellbound with stories from her stellar career, including coverage of the Manson trial, the Patty Hearst case and the Michael Jackson trial.
Event organizer Sara Steffens, a staff rep for The Newspaper Guild and CWA, said Deutsch was fantastic. “She said she would agree to accept a speaking engagement only because she loves the Guild so much,” Steffens said.
AP senior correspondent and News Media Guild member Linda Deutsch speaks at a Spring Training for Journalists, held Feb. 9, 2013, and sponsored by The Newspaper Guild
CWA President Larry Cohen, left, discusses Associated Press bargaining with NMG leaders. From left to right: Cohen, Bernie Lunzer, TNG president, Martha Waggoner, NMG bargaining committee chair, Kevin Keane, NMG administrator, and Tony Winton, NMG president.
Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen told News Media Guild leaders last week that he agreed with Associated Press that the union’s new “fixed cost” pension plan proposal was innovative and sensibly addressed the employer’s concerns. Cohen, joined by Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer, also discussed mobilization and communication strategies to support Guild workers in the U.S., U.K., and in Mexico, where AP staffers are seeking bargaining with the not-for-profit, multinational news cooperative.
At the TNG meeting, NMG First Vice President Martha Waggoner was unanimously elected to a four-year term as International Chairperson of The Newspaper Guild. It is the highest rank-and-file position in TNG.