Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Guild members vote to ratify tentative agreement

    Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Guild

    The tentative agreement between The Buffalo News and the Guild was ratified today by a vote of 80-7.The three-year agreement, ending in July 2021, extends the current contract with no wage cuts or givebacks.

    The News also agreed to the Guild’s pilot project proposal to create a new job class, digital content producer, and restricts online freelancers from regular beat coverage, stories with high-anticipated news value, enterprise reporting or subject matter requiring ongoing coverage.

    Contract ratification vote scheduled for Feb. 15

    Saturday, February 10, 2018 by Daniel Kirchberger

    The Guild has scheduled a ratification vote on the proposed contract with the News for Thursday, February 15. We urge all members to take time out to cast your ballots. Members may vote between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Louie’s Café on the News fifth-floor. Guild representatives will also be on hand from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the zone offices in Depew, Buffalo, Hamburg and Tonawanda for district managers and any other Guild members who wish to cast their ballots there.

    The tentative agreement, if ratified, would extend the current contract for three years. Members would maintain a 9 percent contribution to the Guild’s base plan, current wages and other benefits. It would also launch a new pilot program that would encourage The News to hire a new classification of editorial Guild members, called “Digital Content Producers” who would produce online-only journalism content.

    View the agreement details.

    View the proposed changes.

    Guild reaches tentative agreement on 3-year contract with no concessions or cuts to wages, benefits

    Monday, February 5, 2018 by The Guild

    The Buffalo News and the Buffalo Newspaper Guild reached a tentative, three-year agreement on Friday that, if ratified, will result in no wage or benefit cuts and no givebacks. It would also launch a new pilot program that would encourage The News to hire a new classification of editorial Guild members, called “Digital Content Producers” who would produce online-only journalism content.

    In exchange, the Guild agreed to no raises or bonuses, and as part of the experimental project, offered to relax its wage scale, probationary period and work shift requirements for the new class of digital-only Guild members.

    The two days of formal negotiations, possibly a record in Guild history, was set against a backdrop of both alarming revenue shortfalls for the company and months of informal talks between the Guild and management about ways to keep this year’s bargaining agenda limited, swift and focused on a few key issues.

    “Both sides engaged in honest and pragmatic conversations leading up to bargaining,” said Guild President Sandy Tan. “That set the table for realistic expectations and proposals from the very start. I’m grateful for the conscientious efforts made by both sides to keep negotiations grounded and respectful. This was a welcome break from the past.”


    Next general membership meeting and preparing for bargaining

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by The Guild

    When: Wednesday, January 17, Noon and 5 p.m.
    Where: First floor auditorium 
    What: Get your first look at the Guild bargaining proposals
    The Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s bargaining team has been preparing over the last month for an early start to negotiations with News management. The first day of bargaining is scheduled for Thursday, Jan, 18.
    Bargaining team members began meeting before the holidays to discuss results from the membership survey distributed in October, outstanding issues with the company and the role of the Guild at The News far into the future.


    Loss of Classified Advertising department brought mixed emotions

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Guild

    Editor’s note: The loss of the Classified department at The Buffalo News was a huge blow to the organization as a whole, but particularly to Guild membership. Emotions were high throughout the bargaining process and after the contract was ratified. The members of the Classified department held a small, private gathering on the department’s last day.

    Thank you to Irene Bernhard, Margaret “Meg” Black, Rodney Chamberlain, Beverly Gniewiecki, Katherine Gumulak, Mary “Marcy” Lombardo, Renee Mikler, Sharon Steck, Patricia Toepfer, Jolene Rucinski, Alexa Finn and Collette Allen for their service. Jackie Kuma is now working in Accounting.

    Bev, Gniewecki, a longtime employee of the department, was asked to write a column to describe how she felt about the loss of the Classified Advertising department at The Buffalo News.


    Two-year Guild contract secured after 10 months of negotiations

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by The Guild

    On Thursday, April 20, Guild members voted overwhelmingly to ratify a two-year contract with The Buffalo News, concluding one of the longer and more unorthodox periods of bargaining in recent Guild history.

    During 10 months of negotiations, the bargaining team took a methodical and systematic approach against a series of harsh proposals from The News. Most notably, they poured hundreds of hours into a series of attempts to save the Classified Advertising department that ultimately came up short.

    However, in an industry and company experiencing worrying declines in print advertising revenue, the team secured the continuation of affordable health insurance for members as well as our first raise in more than seven years. The first phase of that raise began appearing in members’ paychecks in late April, and the second will take effect Aug. 1.  continue»

    Guild members approve new contract

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 by The Guild

    Guild member Melinda Miller casts her ballot as Jay Rey and Matt Gryra staff the ballot box.

    Guild member Melinda Miller casts her ballot as Jay Rey and Matt Gryta staff the ballot box.

    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.

    Guild schedules contract vote for April 20

    Thursday, April 13, 2017 by The Guild

    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.

    Company updates employees on State of the News

    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»

    Guild members rally outside News building

    Friday, January 6, 2017 by Mark Sommer

    rallyThe Buffalo NewsGuild rallied outside The News Dec. 13, demanding a fair contract as negotiations that started back in mid-May headed toward 2017.

    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»