Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Ellen Przepasniak
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.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Ellen Przepasniak
The Guild has scheduled a ratification vote on the proposed contract with the News for Thursday, April 20. Members may vote between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the News fifth-floor cafeteria. Guild representatives will also be on hand from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the zone offices in Depew, Buffalo, Hamburg and Tonawanda.
The tentative agreement, unanimously endorsed by the Guild’s bargaining team, includes an effective 2.5 percent raise for full- and part-time bargaining unit employees for the first time in seven years. It also includes exit packages for members of the Classified Department that doubles what the News originally offered. Under the deal, members will pay 9 percent of the Guild base 20/20 health insurance plan in 2018.
More details on the agreement are in a flier distributed in print and via email last week to members and posted on Guild bulletin boards.
Given the declining economic state of The News, Guild leadership strongly believes that this contract represents the best deal possible under difficult circumstances and urges members to vote for it. Please make an effort to cast your vote on Thursday, no matter your position, and thank you for all you do on behalf of the Guild.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by The Guild
In a New Year’s message to readers, Buffalo News President and Publisher Warren T. Colville boasted about the newspaper’s strength and dedication to maintaining high editorial standards.
“It is no secret that the newspaper industry has seen many challenges in recent years,” Colville wrote in the full-page ad that ran on Jan. 1. “I am proud to tell you The Buffalo News remains one of the strongest papers in the country.”
The picture News executives painted during the company’s annual State of the News address on Jan. 19 was somewhat less rosy. Even so, the session made clear that the newspaper continues to reap significant profits that put it far ahead of other American newspapers and maintains a profit margin that is the envy of a battered industry. continue»
Friday, January 6, 2017 by Mark Sommer
The rally was one of several mobilization events that have ramped up over frustration with management’s negotiating position on health care. The Guild has agreed to pay for a portion of premiums after decades of fully paid health insurance, but management insists workers who have gone seven years without a raise must dig into their pockets deeper still. continue»
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by The Guild
May 16, 2016 — The Buffalo News last week issued only four bargaining proposals as contract talks started with the Guild. But they are very big, difficult proposals that target severance pay, health insurance, the trial period in the newsroom and the existence of the Classified Department. continue»
Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Mark Sommer
As The Buffalo News prepares to begin bargaining next month, Guild member Mark Sommer sat down for a chat with The NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer on April 23 at the TNG-CWA Multi-Council Meeting in Cleveland. continue»
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Mark Sommer
Recruiting new members and mobilizing for strong contracts were major themes at The NewsGuild Multi-Council Meeting held over the April 22-24 weekend in Cleveland.
The gathering of 60 TNG representatives was hosted by the Great Lakes District Council. It occurred as union workers at newspapers and digital operations continue to be under assault by media owners who demand more work from fewer employees who often are having to endure pay cuts, see their benefits taken away and their job security threatened. continue»
Sunday, October 18, 2015 by The Guild
The NewsGuild wants to be “the voice for digital journalists.”
In a column last month, NewsGuild-CWA President Bernie Lunzer wrote about why the NewsGuild is the right place for digital journalists:
Many journalists went into digital media with high hopes but low expectations because digital profit was illusory. But as many startups have stabilized and even turned a profit, workers have decided that they want some stability, too. It is a wonderful development. Digital media workers are starting to see unions as the tool that can get them there. A spate of successful organizing drives since June—including new Guild units at the Guardian US and Al Jazeera America—are spurring more campaigns.
The Frontier Reporter reached out to Marian Needham, executive vice president of the NewsGuild-CWA, by email and asked her to elaborate on these efforts. continue»
Sunday, October 18, 2015 by Henry Davis
Ever since we ratified a new contract in July, people have approached me to say it must be nice to have a break until negotiations start again next year.
I understand that. Fighting for a fair contract remains a central part of what The Guild does.
But it is not the only thing we do. The reality is that there is much more to the business of The Guild, and its officers and local staff representative have been busy in recent months. continue»
Monday, September 28, 2015 by The Guild
The Guild and The News have resolved issues related to a new parking procedure policy the company is issuing for employees.
The changes in the policy stem from heightened concern over security in the parking lot as a result of increased activity in and around the News building with the popularity of Canalside and other developments nearby, according to the company.
Management in a recent meeting with The Guild summarized a handful of incidents in recent months in the parking lot, including thefts, that prompted the changes. continue»