Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Guild general membership meeting rescheduled

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Guild

    The Guild’s general membership meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Oct. 25.

    Cash Cow Contest and [BN] Blitz

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by The Guild

    9.5.17 – As fall approaches, two major efforts are launching that affect Guild members. One is a new Cash Cow Contest to solicit money-making ideas from non-management News employees. The other is a new [BN] Blitz product being launched by newsroom management, which poses serious concerns for the Guild.

    The Cash Cow Contest is a collaborative, employee-empowering effort between the Guild and The News. If you haven’t already received information on this, you will soon. Quite simply, we all recognize that The News cannot cut its way to long-term financial health, and management does not have all the answers to what new, innovative ideas and products can boost the company’s profitability. Without new revenue-generating ideas for products and services, and new ways to grow print and digital subscriptions, the Guild will continue to lose members and face a steeper uphill fight to protect wages and benefits.

    We believe many employees have great ideas that could help build the company’s financial strength. The contest is designed to leverage the ideas of hundreds of rank-and-file employees, instead of just a handful from top management, and make sure they come to the attention of the publisher and other top executive team members.


    Guild members march in Labor Day Parade

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by The Guild

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    Guild members and their families and pets participated in the annual WNY AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. They marched through South Buffalo, then joined their fellow union members in a picnic at Cazenovia Park. News Photographer Sharon Cantillon shot the parade and Reporter Mark Sommer covered the event for the News.

    Buffalo hosted national meeting of Multi-District Council members

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Guild

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    Multi-District Council members visited Canalside. (Sandy Tan/Buffalo News)

    The Guild was pleased to host members of the NewsGuild-CWA’s 2017 Multi-District Council in June.

    Several Buffalo News employees participated in the weekend’s meeting and interacted with members from across the country and Puerto Rico.


    CWA convention delegates take stand on press freedom

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Guild

    CWA President Chris Shelton speaks at the 76th CWA Convention in Pittsburgh. (Photo courtesy of CWA)

    CWA President Chris Shelton speaks at the 76th CWA Convention in Pittsburgh. (Photo courtesy of CWA)

    Times for journalists were difficult enough before November 2016 rolled around.

    But a battered industry received more bad news with the election of an anti-press administration, which came amid a rising tide of attacks on journalists across the United States.

    Press freedom was a central topic of conversation among those who attended the NewsGuild-CWA sector conference and the subsequent 76th CWA Convention in Pittsburgh from Aug. 4 to 8.

    The Buffalo Newspaper Guild was represented at the sector conference by Guild President Sandy Tan and Administrative Officer Kim Leiser and at the CWA Convention by Guild Vice President for Mobilization Colin Dabkowski. Leiser served as an alternate to the convention.


    District manager stewards needed

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Guild

    The Guild’s full-time and part-time district managers need people to serve as union stewards to represent their interests.

    The district managers need representatives to ensure the company is being compliant with union rules and to educate Guild members on their rights. Stewards would also work with district managers in disciplinary situations to ensure employee rights are safeguarded. Stewards would also have a seat at the Guild’s Executive Committee, which meets monthly.

    The last steward for district managers was Dick Fay who resigned from the post due to family commitments.

    “District managers are vital members to the Guild,” said President Sandy Tan. “I’m genuinely concerned that they currently have very limited representation on the Executive Committee and no steward at the ground level who can ensure DMs receive all the protections their union provides.”

    Representation from the district managers becomes vitally important as the Guild begins negotiations for the next contract in early 2018.

    Please contact the Guild office at (716) 856-2828or email buffalonewsguild@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming a steward.

    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.


    Join the Labor Day Parade

    Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Guild

     Guild Members to March in Solidarity with WNY Workers

    Aug. 18, 2017 — Please join us as the Buffalo Newspaper Guild marches in the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade and Picnic on Monday, Sept. 4 in South Buffalo. The free event welcomes all Guild members, spouses, kids and well-behaved pets.

    Even if you haven’t been to the Labor Day Parade in recent years, we hope you’ll make time for this fun event that celebrates workers and their achievements. 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.  continue»

    Guild gains editorial jurisdiction at The Hamburg Sun

    Friday, August 11, 2017 by The Guild

    8.7.17 – The Guild reached an agreement last month with management at The News for editorial jurisdiction at The Hamburg Sun. At a time when the Guild is seeing a loss in members, particularly with the sad departure of our colleagues in Classified, this agreement represents a rare bright spot.

    “Though this may only lead initially to the hire of a couple of part-time reporters at The Sun, this deal reflects a meeting of the minds between The News and the Guild to safeguard the journalistic integrity of any newspaper launched or relaunched by The News,” said President Sandy Tan.

    The Sun is a relatively new startup with some circumstances unique to a weekly newspaper, so the Guild formed a subcommittee that spent weeks working to shape an agreement that would give managers the flexibility they said they need to stay financial viable while still carving out exclusive jurisdiction terms.

    Among the highlights of the news agreement:


    Next Guild membership meeting July 19

    Monday, July 17, 2017 by The Guild

    On Wednesday, July 19 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., the Guild will hold its next quarterly membership meeting in the News Auditorium. Come for the food — we’ll have pizza and salad at both meetings — and stay for important news about the Guild’s work, its growth and the company’s plans for the building.

    At the 5 p.m. meeting, financial advisor Len Picone will be on hand to give members pointers on managing their money in tricky economic times. Both meetings will offer a good chance to catch up on what the Guild’s has been up to since the contract was settled, and the work that lies ahead.

    We hope to see you there.