Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Volunteers needed for annual John “Jay” Bonfatti shoreline cleanup

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020 by The Guild

    In honor of our late News colleague John “Jay” Bonfatti, Guild members will once again participate in the annual Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Spring Shoreline Sweep.

    The Shoreline Sweep will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25.

    Every year, Guild members help clean up the Ohio Street Boat Launch and Father Conway Park in the city’s historic First Ward in honor of Bonfatti, a reporter who died in 2008. He loved the outdoors and believed strongly in caring for the environment.

    Here are some guidelines:

    1. Volunteers are expected to dress appropriately for the weather and bring their own water.

    2. Please arrive on time. Site Captains will be greeting volunteers from no earlier than 9:30 a.m. or later than 10:30 a.m.

    3. Guild members are encouraged to bring responsible children, but they must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

    Oh, and did we mention there’s an afterparty?

    Please email Ellen Przepasniak by April 15 to volunteer.

    Holiday party closes out 2019 with cheer

    Friday, December 20, 2019 by The Guild

    Members of the Guild, retirees and family members, gathered at Templeton Landing on Friday, Dec. 6 for the annual holiday party.

    The Lonnie Hudgins Memorial Singers performed modified carols again this year and members of the Typographical Union No. 9 joined Guild members for the first time.

    Here are some photos from the party.


    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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    Holiday party invitation with blue and green ornaments (Formal d

    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.