Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Guild members vote to ratify tentative agreement

    Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Guild

    The tentative agreement between The Buffalo News and the Guild was ratified today by a vote of 80-7.

    The three-year agreement, ending in July 2021, extends the current contract with no wage cuts or givebacks.

    The News also agreed to the Guild’s pilot project proposal to create a new job class, digital content producer, and restricts online freelancers from regular beat coverage, stories with high-anticipated news value, enterprise reporting or subject matter requiring ongoing coverage.

    Contract ratification vote scheduled for Feb. 15

    Saturday, February 10, 2018 by Daniel Kirchberger

    The Guild has scheduled a ratification vote on the proposed contract with the News for Thursday, February 15. We urge all members to take time out to cast your ballots. Members may vote between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Louie’s Café on the News fifth-floor. Guild representatives will also be on hand from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the zone offices in Depew, Buffalo, Hamburg and Tonawanda for district managers and any other Guild members who wish to cast their ballots there.

    The tentative agreement, if ratified, would extend the current contract for three years. Members would maintain a 9 percent contribution to the Guild’s base plan, current wages and other benefits. It would also launch a new pilot program that would encourage The News to hire a new classification of editorial Guild members, called “Digital Content Producers” who would produce online-only journalism content.

    View the agreement details.

    View the proposed changes.

    Guild reaches tentative agreement on 3-year contract with no concessions or cuts to wages, benefits

    Monday, February 5, 2018 by The Guild

    The Buffalo News and the Buffalo Newspaper Guild reached a tentative, three-year agreement on Friday that, if ratified, will result in no wage or benefit cuts and no givebacks. It would also launch a new pilot program that would encourage The News to hire a new classification of editorial Guild members, called “Digital Content Producers” who would produce online-only journalism content.

    In exchange, the Guild agreed to no raises or bonuses, and as part of the experimental project, offered to relax its wage scale, probationary period and work shift requirements for the new class of digital-only Guild members.

    The two days of formal negotiations, possibly a record in Guild history, was set against a backdrop of both alarming revenue shortfalls for the company and months of informal talks between the Guild and management about ways to keep this year’s bargaining agenda limited, swift and focused on a few key issues.

    “Both sides engaged in honest and pragmatic conversations leading up to bargaining,” said Guild President Sandy Tan. “That set the table for realistic expectations and proposals from the very start. I’m grateful for the conscientious efforts made by both sides to keep negotiations grounded and respectful. This was a welcome break from the past.”


    Next general membership meeting and preparing for bargaining

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by The Guild

    When: Wednesday, January 17, Noon and 5 p.m.
    Where: First floor auditorium 
    What: Get your first look at the Guild bargaining proposals
    The Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s bargaining team has been preparing over the last month for an early start to negotiations with News management. The first day of bargaining is scheduled for Thursday, Jan, 18.
    Bargaining team members began meeting before the holidays to discuss results from the membership survey distributed in October, outstanding issues with the company and the role of the Guild at The News far into the future.


    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 rolled 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.