Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Guild members approve new contract

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Ellen Przepasniak

    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 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.

    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»

    Tan succeeds Davis as Guild president

    Friday, January 13, 2017 by The Guild

    The Guild’s Executive Committee nominated and elected Sandy Tan as the Guild’s new president, replacing Henry Davis, who decided not to run for a third three-year term.

    Former Guild President Henry Davis

    Former Guild President Henry Davis

    Davis served as president of the Guild from 2010 through 2016. He served on or headed Guild bargaining teams since the late 1990s. He became active in the Guild in 1989, initially as co-chairman of a Guild health and pension committee.

    “It has been a privilege to serve as Guild president,” Davis said. “The experience was challenging, but interesting and rewarding, a great personal journey. Looking back, I’m proud of how we maintained members’ standard of living in an era of significant industry decline. continue»

    Guild seeks nominations for leadership

    Friday, October 14, 2016 by The Guild

    Oct. 14, 2016 — Who runs The Buffalo Newspaper Guild? A lot of us, and you could be one of them.

    In November, The Buffalo Newspaper Guild will begin the process of selecting members to serve in all positions of leadership for three-year terms. Any member in good standing with a commitment to serving the best interests of the organization may be nominated.

    Good leadership is at the heart of our long-term future. We strongly encourage interested members to think about how they might play a role in improving the workplace and securing the future for all of us who work at The News. Training will be provided for those who need it. continue»

    Guild proposes changes to its by-laws

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by The Guild

    The Buffalo Newspaper Guild is governed by a set of by-laws, and it’s time to consider amending them.

    The proposed changes reflect changes in the Guild and in technology.

    We have email and a website now, for instance, so we’re no longer solely dependent on paper bulletins to communicate with members. continue»

    Guild launches social media campaign

    Sunday, August 28, 2016 by The Guild

    In June, the Buffalo Newspaper Guild quietly launched a social media campaign aimed at sharing the stories and faces of dedicated guild members. The first featured Guild member was reporter Lou Michel, who shared his inspiration for getting into this often challenging business. continue»

    Guild members support organizing drive at Lakeland Ledger

    Monday, August 8, 2016 by The Guild

    For decades, the state of Florida has been entirely free of union newspapers.

    That changed in August, when the staff of the Lakeland Ledger voted overwhelmingly to join The Newspaper Guild-CWA after the paper was acquired by GateHouse Media last year. continue»

    #NewsMatters in coordinated bargaining strategy

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 by The Guild

    13 Guild bargaining units at Digital First Media groups have joined forces in a coordinated bargaining strategy.

    Bill Ross, executive director of the Newspaper Guild of Philadelphia, provided an update on the strategy at TNG’s multi-council meeting in Cleveland in late April.

    The stated goal is to “develop a coordinated bargaining strategy in upcoming negotiations with Digital First media. The goal is to coordinate efforts to increase leverage and to engage in joint economic bargaining on wages to secure fair pay increases and economic relief for members nationwide.” continue»

    Leiser named new local staff rep

    Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Henry Davis

    In other big Guild news, Kim Leiser has been hired to replace Tammy as local staff representative and is scheduled to start in July. continue»