Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026

Guild general meeting minutes: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

President Sandy Tan called the afternoon meeting to order at noon Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 via Zoom.

Vice President for Contract Enforcement Aaron Besecker said The News rejected” a grievance related to sponsored content on BuffaloNews.com and that a situation in ABC was nearing settlement as management said work would be returned to the Guild. He also mentioned a district manager issue relative to scheduling that is being looked into.

Vice President for Mobilization Rachel Lenzi told members that the Guild will be updating its contact information for all members ahead of negotiations.

President Sandy Tan provided an update on the sports clerk and print desk buyouts.

Tan discussed the remote work survey.

Tan told the members that the Guild negotiating team would be made up of: Kim Leiser, Sandy Tan, Aaron Besecker, Diana Gawron and Mike McAndrew while Keith McShea and Caitlin Dewey will be part of a digital jurisdiction subcommittee.

Tan told members a survey would be coming and highly encouraged everyone’s participation.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:29 p.m.

A similar general meeting was held in the evening. It was called to order by Tan at 5:30 p.m. and was adjourned at 6:32 p.m.

24 Guild members attended the afternoon meeting; 22 members attended the evening meeting.