Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Cast your Guild vote Tuesday

    Friday, November 8, 2019 by The Guild

    Vote from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the fifth-floor cafeteria

    Earlier this year, The NewsGuild held a contested unionwide election for president. Incumbent candidate Bernie Lunzer faced a challenge from Los Angeles’ Jon Schleuss.

    Based on several election challenges, The NewsGuild must re-run the election.

    Lunzer is the current president of The NewsGuild. He has been a national officer since 1995. Schleuss is a data and graphics journalist at the Los Angeles Times, who helped lead the L.A. Times Guild’s unionization efforts in 2018.

    Guild members who work in The Buffalo News building are strongly encouraged to vote from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in The News’ fifth-floor cafeteria. Members who do not work in the building have already received their ballots by mail.

    Guild’s Holiday Party set for Dec. 6

    Friday, November 8, 2019 by The Guild

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    Welcome event for Typographical Union merger Nov. 6

    Sunday, November 3, 2019 by The Guild

    Mark your calendars!

    To welcome the two dozen Buffalo News employees previously represented by the Typographical Union, the Guild will host a welcome event on the second floor at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 for all Guild members. More details to come.

    Guild Executive Committee approves Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union merger

    Sunday, November 3, 2019 by The Guild

    It’s official! The Buffalo Newspaper Guild Executive Committee unanimously voted to approve the merger agreement with the Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union No. 9, CWA Local 14148.

    Typographical Union President Harold Rehm and Guild President Sandy Tan signed the merger agreement Tuesday, which was immediately ratified by the Executive Committee. Additional paperwork to gain official News Guild and CWA recognition of the merger was also signed.

    “This is a great day for the Guild and for the members of the Typographical Union,” Tan said. “We are so much stronger together.”


    NewsGuild re-running presidential election Nov. 12

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by The Guild

    Earlier this year, The NewsGuild held a hotly contested unionwide election for president. Incumbent candidate Bernie Lunzer faced a challenge from Los Angeles’ Jon Schleuss.

    Schleuss and others challenged the results of the election, and a review from the Sector Election and Referendum Committee showed major problems with the way ballots were distributed, particularly to the Guild’s Canadian members. For that reason, the The NewsGuild is re-running the election this fall.

    Most members of the Buffalo local will vote by in-plant balloting from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 in The News’ fifth-floor cafeteria. Bring a membership card, driver’s license or some other form of ID with you.

    Members who do not work out of The News’ downtown building will receive their ballots by mail.

    Guild members march in Labor Day Parade

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by The Guild

    Buffalo Newspaper Guild members marched with other CWA members at the Labor Day Parade in South Buffalo this year. Here are some photos from the event.

    Guild members marched with other CWA members in the parade.

    Guild members marched with other CWA members in the parade.


    March in the Labor Day Parade

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by The Guild

    Guild members called to show solidarity in face of mounting challenges

    Aug. 27, 2019 – It’s been yet another challenging year, but the members of the Buffalo Newspaper Guild have stood strong. We remain committed to our mission. We’ve continued to produce, edit and distribute excellent journalism, even in an era of shrinking resources.

    And on Monday, Sept. 2, we’ll demonstrate our continued strength and commitment to our community in spite of the difficulties we face. Please join the leadership and fellow members of the Guild as we march in Monday’s Labor Day Parade — it’s as important now as it’s ever been to remind the public of our vital role in Western New York, and we need your help.


    Guild rep attends NewsGuild’s New Local Officers Seminar

    Thursday, June 6, 2019 by The Guild



    Luke Hammill, the Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s Sun papers steward, recently attended the national NewsGuild’s New Local Officers Seminar, held March 1 to 4 in the Baltimore, Md., area.

    Topics included stewards’ rights and responsibilities, bargaining goals and strategies, mobilization and organizing. Many of this year’s attendees came from newly organized shops across the United States, reflecting the wave of unionization that has taken place at American media organizations in the past few years.

    Guild members volunteer for annual Shoreline Sweep

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 by The Guild

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    From left, Mike Pesarchick Jr., Francesca Bond and Aaron Besecker.

    By Mike Pesarchick Jr.

    The sun was shining on the Scajaquada Pathway as I, Aaron Besecker and Francesca Bond arrived to take part in Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s annual Shoreline Sweep, dedicated to cleaning up trash from the area’s waterways.

    The Guild has taken part in the sweep for many years now; this was the first year we went to Scajaquada Creek to clean up. In recent years, we had cleaned up the shores at Father Conway Park in the Old First Ward.

    We and the two dozen other volunteers were issued neoprene gloves, trash bags and tongs and marched off to the shore.

    Trash ranged from small candy wrappers to beer growlers and basketballs. Dozens, if not hundreds of plastic bottles and Styrofoam plates littered the shore, most likely heaved from the thousands of cars that pass by on the Scajaquada Expressway yards from the water.

    In two hours of work, we three pulled six full bags of trash and recyclable bottles, two basketballs and one shopping cart out of the water and off the shore.

    With 2,300 other volunteers sweeping 60 locations across Western New York, we were just a small part of the machine, but it felt good to make a difference.

    Guild members participate in annual Kids Day

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by The Guild

    Members of the Guild sold Kids Day editions of The Buffalo News once again this year to benefit Oishei Children’s Hospital.

    Guild members volunteer each year at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry Street to sell papers in the early morning hours.

    On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, thanks to decent weather, enthusiastic volunteers and generous souls, the Guild’s Kids Day volunteers raised $304. This is our highest total in more than a decade at least.


    Reporter Maki Becker sells papers at Jefferson and East Ferry. (Photo by Sharon Cantillon)