Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    News issues major proposals as contract talks begin

    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»

    Q&A: NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer

    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»

    Working Together

    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»

    NewsGuild busy organizing digital journalists

    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»

    Update on Guild issues

    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»

    New Parking Policy: News and Guild address new rules, regulations for lot

    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»

    Guild members vote to ratify tentative agreement

    Monday, July 20, 2015 by The Guild

    The tentative agreement between The Buffalo News and The Buffalo Newspaper Guild-CWA 31026 was ratified in voting Sunday and Monday by a vote of 94-8.

    The Guild and The News in June reached the tentative agreement that maintains fully covered health insurance through 2016, provides cash bonuses and a cellphone allowance, and makes a key improvement in our insurance arrangement in the event of premium increases after the contract expires. continue»

    Informational meetings and vote on tentative agreement scheduled

    Thursday, July 9, 2015 by The Guild

    July 9, 2015 — The Guild will hold two informational meetings at noon and 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 in the first-floor auditorium to discuss the tentative agreement reached between the Guild bargaining team and The News. We strongly encourage all Guild members to attend. continue»

    Tentative agreement reached

    Monday, June 22, 2015 by The Guild

    June 22, 2015 — The Guild and The News reached a tentative agreement Friday that maintains fully covered health insurance through 2016, provides cash bonuses and a cellphone allowance, and makes a key improvement in our insurance arrangement in the event of premium increases after the contract expires.

    The tentative agreement for a two-year contract through the end of 2016 does not include a percentage pay raise, a disappointment after more than a year of negotiations. Our last contract expired in July 2014. continue»

    Guild makes a key proposal to News: Focus remains on wages and health insurance

    Monday, June 1, 2015 by The Guild

    June 2, 2015 — The Guild bargaining team on Monday presented a package proposal to The News that accepts its proposal for employees to begin paying a portion of medical insurance premiums in 2017. The proposed three-year deal would include raises in two years of a contract that runs through 2017, a one-time cash bonus and elimination of the 5 percent clause that establishes the employee’s share of premium increases after the contract expires. continue»