Buffalo Newspaper Guild

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    Guild rep attends News Guild’s New Local Officers Seminar

    Thursday, June 6, 2019 by The Guild

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    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.

    Guild members volunteer for annual Shoreline Sweep

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 by The Guild

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    From left, Mike Pesarchick Jr., Francesca Bond and Aaron Besecker.

    By Mike Pesarchick Jr.

    The sun was shining on the Scajaquada Pathway as I, Aaron Besecker and Francesca Bond arrived to take part in Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s annual Shoreline Sweep, dedicated to cleaning up trash from the area’s waterways.

    The Guild has taken part in the sweep for many years now; this was the first year we went to Scajaquada Creek to clean up. In recent years, we had cleaned up the shores at Father Conway Park in the Old First Ward.

    We and the two dozen other volunteers were issued neoprene gloves, trash bags and tongs and marched off to the shore.

    Trash ranged from small candy wrappers to beer growlers and basketballs. Dozens, if not hundreds of plastic bottles and Styrofoam plates littered the shore, most likely heaved from the thousands of cars that pass by on the Scajaquada Expressway yards from the water.

    In two hours of work, we three pulled six full bags of trash and recyclable bottles, two basketballs and one shopping cart out of the water and off the shore.

    With 2,300 other volunteers sweeping 60 locations across Western New York, we were just a small part of the machine, but it felt good to make a difference.

    Guild members participate in annual Kids Day

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by The Guild

    Members of the Guild sold Kids Day editions of The Buffalo News once again this year to benefit Oishei Children’s Hospital.

    Guild members volunteer each year at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry Street to sell papers in the early morning hours.

    On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, thanks to decent weather, enthusiastic volunteers and generous souls, the Guild’s Kids Day volunteers raised $304. This is our highest total in more than a decade at least.

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    Reporter Maki Becker sells papers at Jefferson and East Ferry. (Photo by Sharon Cantillon)

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    Guild rebounds from buyout losses with new Editorial hires, growth of Suns

    Saturday, January 26, 2019 by Colin Dabkowski

    After one of the most difficult summers in recent memory, the Guild and The News are in rebuilding mode.

    And while we are still processing the repercussions of our colleagues’ departures, there are reasons to hope for better days ahead. Foremost among them is the addition of several new faces to the newsroom, which has welcomed five new full-time staff reporters and editors — largely in the decimated sports department —
    and four part-time print and digital reporters.

    Our new members have brought a welcome dose of energy into a battered workplace. Their work will likely be instrumental in a new initiative spearheaded by management and supported by the Guild to reinvent The News as a collection of digital businesses and to build subscription and other sources of revenue into a sustainable future. (More on this in a future issue of the Frontier Reporter.)

    In the meantime, the Guild has worked hard to guard the provisions of our contract, to extend our jurisdiction  to newly launched products like the Kenmore and Tonawanda Sun newspapers and to help our members through a challenging time in the industry.

    This issue of the Frontier Reporter — in stark contrast to the last one — takes a more optimistic tone as we attempt to work together with management to put The News back on solid ground.

    — Colin Dabkowski, vice president of mobilization and communication

    Read the full version of the Frontier Reporter here:

     

    Guild sets Annual Holiday Party for Dec. 14

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by The Guild

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    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.

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    Guild members reel from 17 buyouts, honor colleagues and look ahead

    Friday, September 7, 2018 by Colin Dabkowski

    There is no way of spinning this positively.

    Though we have known for at least a decade that tougher times were on the horizon — and that The Buffalo News has been comparatively lucky in this decimated industry — that foreknowledge has not blunted the pain and disappointment of this moment.

    By mid-July, when the last of those targeted for a buyout walked out of the newsroom, 17 Guild members had left The News. The skills they took with them — decades of experience editing, headline-writing, reporting, designing and using their collective talent to tell the stories that mattered — leaves our institution greatly diminished.

    The sudden departure of so many of valued colleagues leaves those of us who remain feeling numb. And it leaves our loyal readers wondering about its inevitable effect on the quality of the newspaper we put out every day and the website we update every minute.

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    Guild members reel from 17 buyouts, honor colleagues and look ahead

    Friday, September 7, 2018 by Colin Dabkowski

    There is no way of spinning this positively.

    Though we have known for at least a decade that tougher times were on the horizon — and that The Buffalo News has been comparatively lucky in this decimated industry — that foreknowledge has not blunted the pain and disappointment of this moment.

    By mid-July, when the last of those targeted for a buyout walked out of the newsroom, 17 Guild members had left The News. The skills they took with them — decades of experience editing, headline-writing, reporting, designing and using their collective talent to tell the stories that mattered — leaves our institution greatly diminished.

    The sudden departure of so many of valued colleagues leaves those of us who remain feeling numb. And it leaves our loyal readers wondering about its inevitable effect on the quality of the newspaper we put out every day and the website we update every minute.

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    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.

    Guild statement on freedom of the press

    Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Colin Dabkowski

    “No matter how imperfect things are, if you’ve got a free press everything is correctible, and without it everything is concealable.” — Tom Stoppard, spoken by the character Jacob Milne in the play “Night and Day,” 1937

    These words greet Buffalo News journalists every day as we walk into the newsroom. They serve as a constant reminder of our duty to hold the powerful accountable and to expose injustice.

    Whatever your political beliefs, the existence of a free press has been widely embraced as an essential pillar of this democracy. It is enshrined in the Constitution, the First Amendment of which is etched in glass in our lobby.

    But make no mistake: The press is now under attack.

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