To: All TNG-CWA local officers
From: Bernie Lunzer, TNG President
Next week, members of your local will begin receiving mail ballots in the election for President of The NewsGuild sector of CWA and some of you will be voting in-plant next month.
I am writing to request your support and to ask that you encourage your colleagues to vote for my re-election.
Over the many years that I have served as a Guild representative, I have developed a strong vision for organizing, bargaining and building our movement. I have helped enact much of that agenda in the time I have been an officer of the Guild. We have used the resources of the union to organize over 60 new shops over two-and-a-half years, bringing union coverage to just short of 3,000 workers. We have negotiated more than 30 contracts to represent those new members, and we are actively supporting bargaining for the remaining 30. We are engaged in protecting First Amendment rights and supporting the right to report without fear of assault or intimidation. We support local campaigns for strong contracts and helped facilitate the start of chain-wide bargaining with DFM and Gatehouse.
While the Guild has a strong focus on the concerns of journalists, we recognize that our union is broader and inclusive of more than just our newsrooms. I know firsthand – from my own working experience – how important it is for those in advertising, production and customer service professions (having worked in ads, marketing, circulation and the newsroom) to have a reliable advocate for workplace concerns. That need for a strong voice at work has also motivated hundreds of interpreters and language workers to join our union.
I’m proud of theses accomplishments and want you to know that they are possible only because Guild leadership works together in a team to advocate for your interests. While we have not been able to achieve every goal – and we rue the vacancies in important staff positions – we have been able to maintain our field staff and hire organizers to improve conditions in our workplaces and increase the influence of the Guild within our industries.
Our recent organizing has brought many capable and experienced leaders into the union, many of whom are making the Guild much stronger. But my opponent is not one of them. He has no experience administering a union and has no foundation for understanding the complex dynamics of advocating for Guild members’ interests in the broader CWA universe. In fact, he was a full member of TNG for less than 24 hours before his nomination to this office in January. He is not on the L.A. bargaining committee.
I ask for your vote for re-election so that we might continue the good work we have begun in expanding the influence of The NewsGuild-CWA in our workplaces and in our communities.
This message has been sent using information on TNG’s Local Officers Roster, a document regularly distributed to all locals and at Guild events.