A collective bargaining program that’s innovative and demanding. An organizing program that’s historic for The NewsGuild-CWA. Outreach efforts that include free press, pay equity and other issues.
These are just some of The Guild’s accomplishments under my leadership. We will continue to expand on these successes if you re-elect me as president. This Guild election matters, and I want your vote.
I am not starry-eyed. I know unions and journalism are under well-funded attacks on every front. Our members are overworked and underpaid. Many owners who should care about the future of journalism simply don’t. They’re greedy. They kill our products and blame the internet.
But we are pushing back. I am the candidate with both the energy and experience to continue to lead The NewsGuild-CWA to success.
TNG organizers work closely with the groups that want to form unions. These groups create their own victories with big assists from TNG with finances and people.
Our plan leads from start-up to recognition to first contract, and we’re prepared for each critical step. We can expand organizing, which requires additional resources. I am working hard to make sure TNG gets everything necessary to continue to build the Guild.
Collective bargaining is the flip side of organizing. New units want to join an international union with a strong bargaining program, which TNG has. Our program allows for local autonomy while the national union is available with wisdom and advice. Four of five field reps retired a couple of years ago, and I was able to replace each of those positions. We lead negotiations where needed and work with you when asked. We always review proposals and settlements, using standards that are the highest in the industry.
We don’t rely only on what’s worked in the past, however. We have done two experiments with coordinated bargaining at Digital First Media/Alden and Gatehouse Media. I believe that both have been successful and likely will be successful in the future because the members have stuck together.
At the heart of this, we are fighting hedge fund owners who are both amoral and immoral. We have been working on alternative ownership strategies and must pry our products from these rapacious owners and connect our communities directly to the product. It is the future of media.
That’s why we fight in the public sphere with movement building. We can’t win these fights by ourselves so we develop allies. We expect and demand safety for our workers at a time when our president calls us “the enemy of the people.” We file amicus briefs to support freedom of information requests and to keep “the right to report.”
And we’re a proud part of the Communications Workers of America, which has helped accomplish our lofty goals. With my leadership and with the continued backing of CWA and you, our members, we will expand our successes.
I’m Bernie Lunzer, and I want your vote for president of The NewsGuild-CWA. Together, we will continue to build the Guild.