Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Sun paper expansion results in more hiring, raises for Sun-based Guild members

    Friday, September 21, 2018 by Colin Dabkowski

    9.19.18 — The Buffalo News is moving forward with its expansion of weekly Sun papers, committing to launching three additional weeklies in addition to the Hamburg Sun and Kenmore-Tonawanda Sun papers that operate now.

    And that is good news for the Guild.

    Next month, The News will launch the Orchard Park Sun, the Lancaster-Depew Sun and the West Seneca Sun papers. That expansion will involve the hiring of two new reporters and an additional full-time page designer, all of whom are covered under a new agreement reached between the Guild and management.

    The agreement represents a win for both sides. It maintains the hiring and work-rule flexibility built into prior agreements yet provides new wage scale improvements that will help The News attract and retain good employees.

    Among the key improvements:

    • Guild reporters and page designers working for The Sun papers will now receive raises every year as part of a four-step wage scale, as opposed to the prior agreement, which resulted in Guild members waiting two years for a raise.
    • Top-of-scale wages were raised for Guild reporters and page designers at The Sun. For a full-time reporter, for instance, top annual wages would rise from $38,045 to $40,886.
    • Any Guild employee at The Sun who fills in when the editor is away will now be compensated at the Group C two-year rate, an increase of more than 25 percent over the prior agreement.

    As with past agreements, The News maintains the right to hire Guild members for The Sun on a full-time or part-time basis, and editors may write a limited number of municipal/school district stories that otherwise fall under Guild jurisdiction.

    Guild members working at The Sun papers will continue to enjoy virtually all other contract protections and provisions as other Guild members at The News. The new agreement also retains language that anyone who writes for The Sun papers, both Guild and non-Guild, adhere to professional journalism and ethics standards.

    The rapid expansion of The Sun papers since July of last year, when the Guild negotiated its first Hamburg Sun agreement with management, has grown into a true bright spot for the union. What began modestly as the hiring of one part-time Guild reporter for The Hamburg Sun has evolved into the employment of two full-time reporters, one full-time page designer, one part-time page designer and three other part-time reporters. With the addition of the three new papers, The News is hiring two additional non-Guild editors, as well as a sports editor.

    Sun paper publisher Brian Connolly said the addition of new positions, both part time and full time, reflect his commitment to producing a high-quality news product and his desire to retain talent.

    That commitment is shared by the Guild.

    “The new agreement between the Guild and The News reflects the same commitment both sides made a year ago to create a profitable and sustainable new venture for the company,” said Guild President Sandy Tan. “The Hamburg Sun is now a money-making paper, and the Kenmore-Tonawanda Sun continues to show signs of promise, with consistent growth since its launch less than a year ago. Our continued hope is that the three new weeklies will follow the same upward path.”

    Join us for the Labor Day Parade

    Friday, August 31, 2018 by The Guild

    Guild leadership is strongly encouraging all members and their families to attend this year’s Labor Day Parade, where we will remind the community of our important work. 

    The parade will head down Abbott Road in South Buffalo to Cazenovia Park, where free hotdogs, hamburgers, snacks and drinks will be provided to all. There will be shuttle buses from Cazenovia Park starting at the Casino and going to the corner of Stevenson and Cumberland avenues from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. For people who park at the beginning of the parade route, there will be return busses from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. The food begins being served at 1:00pm at the Casino. Family members are invited join.

    We ask all participants to wear their red Guild shirts. It’s been a while since we’ve used them, so if you don’t have one or need a different size, see Colin Dabkowski in editorial. He will bring extras on Monday.

    When: Please arrive by 11:30 a.m. Monday. Parade begins at noon.

    Where: Guild members will gather at the corner of Abbott Road and Stevenson Street. Park at either end of the parade route. Consider coordinating with another person to prevent having to walk back to your vehicle. 

    Volunteers needed for Guild’s annual community project with Riverkeeper

    Thursday, April 5, 2018 by The Guild

    What: Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s annual cleanup event.
    When: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21. Please arrive shortly before 9:45 a.m.
    Where: Ohio Street Boat Launch, 421 Ohio St., near Father Conway Park on South Street.
    Register: BNWaterKeeper.org/cleanup

    A litter cleanup of the small park at the Ohio Street Boat Launch on Saturday, April 21 will mark the seventh year of a Guild initiative to aid the Spring Shoreline Cleanup coordinated by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

    The annual effort is conducted in memory of our late friend and reporter John “Jay” Bonfatti. Jay, who died in 2008, loved the outdoors and believed strongly in caring for the environment.

    Guild members, with volunteers from other groups, have helped clear tons of trash from this location, which has improved significantly in recent years with new developments.
    Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting our major waterways. The cleanup involves more than 1,000 volunteers at about 40 sites.


    Guild’s Holiday Party is Dec. 8

    Friday, November 3, 2017 by The Guild

    The Buffalo Newspaper Guild-CWA 31026

    Cordially invites you to the …

    Annual Holiday Party

     6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 (Dinner at 7:00 p.m.)

    Templeton Landing

    FREE for Guild members

    $5 for retirees; $10 for guests

    For tickets, see Felice McMillion in ABC, Latrice Carr in Circulation, and Susan Kelly, Steve Watson or Colin Dabkowski in Editorial or Contact Kim at the Guild office 856-2828

     Deadline for tickets is Nov. 22

    Guild members march in Labor Day Parade

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by The Guild

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    Guild members and their families and pets participated in the annual WNY AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. They marched through South Buffalo, then joined their fellow union members in a picnic at Cazenovia Park. News Photographer Sharon Cantillon shot the parade and Reporter Mark Sommer covered the event for the News.

    Guild members participate in annual shoreline cleanup

    Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Guild

    18076591_1354478187953794_4792224291867327387_oGuild members once again bundled up and braved the mid-April cold to participate in a shoreline cleanup for the sixth year in a row.

    The cleanup was held at Father Conway Park and the Ohio Street Boat Launch in the Old First Ward, a large piece of land that encompasses railroad tracks, the shoreline and a large, open field. Guild members were thankful for sunshine and dry ground as they fanned out across the park to pick up trash and debris. Many large garbage and recycling bags were filled to the brim by the end of the morning.

    The annual Spring Shoreline Cleanup was organized by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which involved more than 1,500 volunteer at 40 sites along the shoreline.

    Guild members participate annually in memory of our late friend, reporter and Guild leader John “Jay” Bonfatti. Jay, who died in 2008, loved the outdoors and believed strongly in caring for the natural wonders of Western New York.

    Annual holiday party Dec. 2

    Sunday, October 30, 2016 by The Guild

    LonnieSingersThe Buffalo Newspaper Guild-CWA 31026 Cordially invites you to the …

    Annual Holiday Party

    6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 (Dinner at 7:00 p.m.)
    Templeton Landing

    FREE for Guild members $5 for retirees; $10 for guests

    Enjoy a great dinner and entertainment, including dancing, performances by the Lonnie Hudkins Memorial Singers, and Jeff Miers and his band.

    For tickets, see Felice McMillion in ABC, Renee Mikler in Classified Adversiting, Latrice Carr in Circulation, and Susan Kelley, Henry Davis or Colin Dabkowski in Editorial.

    Deadline for tickets is Nov. 18

    Join the Labor Day parade

    Sunday, August 28, 2016 by The Guild

    LOCAL labor parade HICKEYPlease join us as the Buffalo Newspaper Guild once again marches in the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade and Picnic on Monday, Sept. 5. The free event welcomes all Guild members, spouses, kids and well-behaved pets.

    Even if you haven’t been to the Labor Day Parade in recent years, we hope you’ll make time for this fun event that celebrates workers and their achievements. The parade will head down Abbott Road in South Buffalo to Cazenovia Park, where free hotdogs, hamburgers, snacks and drinks will be provided to all. continue»

    Guild members support organizing drive at Lakeland Ledger

    Monday, August 8, 2016 by The Guild

    For decades, the state of Florida has been entirely free of union newspapers.

    That changed in August, when the staff of the Lakeland Ledger voted overwhelmingly to join The Newspaper Guild-CWA after the paper was acquired by GateHouse Media last year. continue»

    Bonfatti cleanup crew steps up again

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by The Guild

    27-IMG_6788By Dan Herbeck

    Our big old Guild buddy, John “Jay” Bonfatti, would have been thrilled.

    Once again, a group of Buffalo Newspaper Guild volunteers got together in his honor and made an impact at the annual Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Spring Cleanup. The event took place on Saturday, April 23.

    The “Bonfatti Cleanup Crew,” made up of 13 Guild members and supporters, joined a group of volunteers to clean up rubbish near the Ohio Street Boat Launch and Father Conway Park in the city’s historic First Ward. continue»