Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Members protest The News’ overreliance on freelance writers

    Monday, December 18, 2017 by The Guild

    guild-holiday-01Buffalo Newspaper Guild members who work at The Buffalo News are rolling out a special red-and-green logo on Twitter last week, in keeping with the holiday season, to protest the paper’s dramatically expanded use of freelance writers to cover core news beats.

    The Twitter protest, organized by reporters and editors at The News, is intended to cast a spotlight on the importance of quality journalism in our community and who is best equipped to deliver that vital public service.

    Guild members at the paper used their popular Twitter feeds to express opposition to The News’ overreliance on freelance writers, particularly in sports coverage.


    Guild expands its jurisdiction at Sun papers (And other news)

    Thursday, November 9, 2017 by The Guild

    11.9.17 – As The Buffalo News expands its weekly newspaper business, the Buffalo Newspaper Guild is expanding its jurisdiction.

    The Guild late last month renegotiated its former Hamburg Sun jurisdiction agreement with management at The News to include the Tonawanda Sun weekly paper, published under the names the Twin Cities Sun and the Ken-Ton Sun. The editorial content will be identical — only the flags and teasers of the publications will differ for marketing purposes.

    The renegotiated agreement now extends editorial jurisdiction over the Twin Cities Sun and the Ken-Ton Sun, publications whose first editions are planned for Nov. 17.

    As established with the initial agreement reached in July regarding The Hamburg Sun, the News agreed to hire part-time and/or full-time employees to work as reporters.

    In addition to reporters, this new agreement also states the News will hire a page designer, who will be a Guild member, to perform design and layout work for editorial content at the Hamburg and Tonawanda Sun weeklies.

    “The new agreement not only carries over the terms negotiated for the Hamburg Sun, but also expands Guild positions and promotes a more dynamic and professional look for the Sun papers,” said Guild President Sandy Tan. “That benefits both the Guild and The News.”


    Guild’s Holiday Party is Dec. 8

    Friday, November 3, 2017 by The Guild

    The Buffalo Newspaper Guild-CWA 31026

    Cordially invites you to the …

    Annual Holiday Party

     6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 (Dinner at 7:00 p.m.)

    Templeton Landing

    FREE for Guild members

    $5 for retirees; $10 for guests

    For tickets, see Felice McMillion in ABC, Latrice Carr in Circulation, and Susan Kelly, Steve Watson or Colin Dabkowski in Editorial or Contact Kim at the Guild office 856-2828

     Deadline for tickets is Nov. 22

    Big topics at Guild membership meeting on Monday

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Guild

    The general membership meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed until Monday due to Officer Lehner’s funeral service being held Wednesday at KeyBank Center.

    The meeting has been rescheduled for 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, and there is a lot to discuss! Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. We will be providing pizza and drinks.

    Find out the answers to these burning questions:

    • What do I do if I think The News is targeting me for discipline?
    • I heard The News is launching a new Tonawanda Sun paper. What’s up with that?
    • How did the Guild-sponsored Cash Cow Contest turn out?
    • Upcoming negotiations – Is it really that time again already?

    In addition, find out more about an important joint effort between the Guild and newsroom management to provide customized digital skills training to all editorial members.

    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.