Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026


    Bracing for change

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by The Guild

    Guild takes action after sale of The News to Lee Enterprises

    By Sandy Tan

    It seems nearly incomprehensible that after decades of being owned by the Butler family, and then by the stable and hands-off Warren Buffett/Berkshire Hathaway, The Buffalo News will now be owned by a corporate media company for the first time in history.

    Our time as an independently run city newspaper is over.

    Publisher Warren Colville announced the change in the early morning hours of Jan. 29. In a few short weeks, Lee Enterprises will become only the third owner that our paper has ever had.

    Our ties to Berkshire Hathaway are not completely severed, however, since Berkshire Hathaway is now the sole lender for all of Lee Enterprises’ debt.

    There is still a lot we don’t know, but more answers are rolling out in the coming days as the transfer of ownership marches toward completion in mid-March. But despite all the uncertainty, there is one thing that we already know. And that is, there are far worse corporate owners than Lee.


    Winter 2019/2020 Frontier Reporter

    Monday, February 24, 2020 by The Guild

    Read the winter 2019/2020 Frontier Reporter below:


    Statement on the sale of The Buffalo News to Lee Enterprises

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by The Guild

    Since word broke this morning about the sale of The Buffalo News to Lee Enterprises, the Guild leadership team has scrambled to research all the implications this may have for our members. While there is limited information we know right now, we want to assure all members that we are doing everything possible to find out what this means for us and to answer as many questions as possible.

    Just since this morning, Guild leaders have had a preliminary meeting to discuss the sale and been in touch with national NewsGuild-CWA leaders. We are continuing those conversations tomorrow and in the days ahead. We have also been in the process of gathering more information about the sale and how this will impact the employees here, including the more than 200 who are represented by the Guild. We have also posted a statement on Twitter.

    For now, what is most important is for our members to know that our contract remains in full force and effect, and will continue to remain in place even after Lee Enterprises assume full ownership in March. Those working in Prepress should also know their current contracts also remain in effect.

    We have a regular membership meeting scheduled for Feb. 12. If we need to have one sooner, we will. In the meantime, we will send our members information and updates as soon as we have reliable answers. Please feel free to reach out to your department’s Guild representative or to our Administrative Officer Kim Leiser if you have any pressing concerns. We discourage anyone from publicly speculating on details that neither the Guild nor The News has confirmed.

    Regardless of who owns us, the Guild will, as always, do everything in its power to safeguard the work we do and the people who do it. Stay tuned for more to come.

    Holiday party closes out 2019 with cheer

    Friday, December 20, 2019 by The Guild

    Members of the Guild, retirees and family members, gathered at Templeton Landing on Friday, Dec. 6 for the annual holiday party.

    The Lonnie Hudgins Memorial Singers performed modified carols again this year and members of the Typographical Union No. 9 joined Guild members for the first time.

    Here are some photos from the party.


    Cast your Guild vote Tuesday

    Friday, November 8, 2019 by The Guild

    Vote from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the fifth-floor cafeteria

    Earlier this year, The NewsGuild held a contested unionwide election for president. Incumbent candidate Bernie Lunzer faced a challenge from Los Angeles’ Jon Schleuss.

    Based on several election challenges, The NewsGuild must re-run the election.

    Lunzer is the current president of The NewsGuild. He has been a national officer since 1995. Schleuss is a data and graphics journalist at the Los Angeles Times, who helped lead the L.A. Times Guild’s unionization efforts in 2018.

    Guild members who work in The Buffalo News building are strongly encouraged to vote from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in The News’ fifth-floor cafeteria. Members who do not work in the building have already received their ballots by mail.

    Guild’s Holiday Party set for Dec. 6

    Friday, November 8, 2019 by The Guild

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    Holiday party invitation with blue and green ornaments (Formal d

    Welcome event for Typographical Union merger Nov. 6

    Sunday, November 3, 2019 by The Guild

    Mark your calendars!

    To welcome the two dozen Buffalo News employees previously represented by the Typographical Union, the Guild will host a welcome event on the second floor at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 for all Guild members. More details to come.

    Guild Executive Committee approves Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union merger

    Sunday, November 3, 2019 by The Guild

    It’s official! The Buffalo Newspaper Guild Executive Committee unanimously voted to approve the merger agreement with the Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union No. 9, CWA Local 14148.

    Typographical Union President Harold Rehm and Guild President Sandy Tan signed the merger agreement Tuesday, which was immediately ratified by the Executive Committee. Additional paperwork to gain official News Guild and CWA recognition of the merger was also signed.

    “This is a great day for the Guild and for the members of the Typographical Union,” Tan said. “We are so much stronger together.”


    Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union votes to merge with the Buffalo Newspaper Guild

    Sunday, October 27, 2019 by The Guild

    GREAT news!

    The Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union No. 9, CWA Local 14148, has voted to merge with the Buffalo Newspaper Guild. This union currently represents about 60 printing-related employees and retirees, including 24 union members who are active employees here at The Buffalo News.

    If the merger agreement is approved by the Guild’s Executive Committee on Tuesday, it will mark the first expansion of Guild jurisdiction and membership since the Guild gained editorial jurisdiction of The Sun papers in 2017. It would also mark the largest expansion of Guild membership in decades.

    Typographical Union members voted by mail and in house at The Buffalo News regarding the merger. On Tuesday, the final vote tally was 66 – 1 in favor, including overwhelming support from the two dozen members who work here at the paper.


    NewsGuild re-running presidential election Nov. 12

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by The Guild

    Earlier this year, The NewsGuild held a hotly contested unionwide election for president. Incumbent candidate Bernie Lunzer faced a challenge from Los Angeles’ Jon Schleuss.

    Schleuss and others challenged the results of the election, and a review from the Sector Election and Referendum Committee showed major problems with the way ballots were distributed, particularly to the Guild’s Canadian members. For that reason, the The NewsGuild is re-running the election this fall.

    Most members of the Buffalo local will vote by in-plant balloting from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 in The News’ fifth-floor cafeteria. Bring a membership card, driver’s license or some other form of ID with you.

    Members who do not work out of The News’ downtown building will receive their ballots by mail.