Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026
Negotiations News

Guild members approve new contract

Guild member Melinda Miller casts her ballot as Jay Rey and Matt Gryra staff the ballot box.

Guild member Melinda Miller casts her ballot as Jay Rey and Matt Gryta staff the ballot box.

Members of the Buffalo Newspaper Guild approved a new two-year contract on Thursday by a vote of 104-16.

The bargaining team, which unanimously endorsed the agreement, was pleased by the excellent turnout. Henry Davis, member of the bargaining team and former Guild president, thanked everyone for the support throughout the process.

“It was a long and difficult negotiation, and I’m gratified that so

many of our members ultimately showed their support for the tentative agreement,” said Guild President Sandra Tan.

The two-year contract includes an effective 2.5 percent raise for full- and part-time bargaining unit employees for the first time in seven years. Under the deal, members will pay 9 percent of the Guild base 20/20 health insurance plan in 2018.

“I want to echo my thanks to all the members of the bargaining team, all of the volunteers who staffed the ballot box and all the Guild members who did their part to bring negotiations to a satisfactory end,” Tan said.