Note – list of my donors at bottom of page
The choice for Guild president could not be more different: Re-elect a seasoned officer who has led resurgence in the Guild, or elect a newcomer who was involved in just one organizing drive.
Who is better for the future? I am. I’ve looked out for every local and I don’t think my opponent will because he will be large unit-centric, and LA-centric.
He might be a good organizer, but he would be dangerous as president of the Guild. He might even put the future of our sector at stake. He doesn’t understand the internal union politics at all, and really doesn’t understand power dynamics. He has never bargained, and he doesn’t even serve on his own unit’s bargaining committee.
Not long ago, I got a call at ‘9 p.m. on a Saturday night from an ex-publisher who wanted backing in his quest to rescue a property from a hedge fund. That’s a call my opponent will never get. Sunday morning comes, and I get a call from that same local on how they can ramp up power. We discuss what the ex-publisher told me. We strategize, and I work with my team to get resources for that fight. My opponent cannot and will not bring that expertise.
I’ve been involved with key negotiations and difficult bargaining my whole career. Contract negotiations have a unique power dynamic that you must understand to be successful. If we can’t get contracts we are in trouble, but we get strong contracts under my leadership, with staff I hired.
And the organizing culture within our Guild was built under my leadership. It started in earnest in 2008. Cultures don’t change overnight and organizing didn’t begin with the victory in L.A. That takes nothing away from the wonderful victory in L.A. It is simply a fact. We will continue to use the strength of our members and our new members to be representatives of the Guild. It is not, and never should be, about one person or one local.
I am committed to transparency and open democracy. Conversely, my opponent received a very questionable $5,000 donation and he won’t disclose the source. I’m listing all my donors. None has a problem identifying themselves. Why hide? It makes you wonder what kind of power grab is really going on.
The Guild is committed to supporting freedom of information, to Sunshine Week in journalism and to open government. I fight dark money in government politics on a personal level. I’ve been arrested fighting for real immigration reform. I’ve dedicated a tenth of my income to CWA’s political fund and to Jobs with Justice. A week ago my opponent didn’t know what JwJ was, and he certainly won’t know how to use it in your contract fights.
Be concerned about what is going on in this election. This is about power. Should the power reside with a group of proven leaders who have ushered in a new era of growth and strength, or be handed over to a new group that doesn’t understand or like the union it joined.
That is important. As to my opponent’s claim that I might not work to protect the Guild as a sector of CWA? I have fought the hardest for the future of the Guild and keeping our special place in CWA. He suggests otherwise because I’ve talked about the importance of alliances with other media workers. He doesn’t even know who those groups are.
The LA organizing drive was tough – it was a particularly gratifying victory after having had several unsuccessful campaigns at that paper over the years. The organizing certainly had its ups and downs, but the fact is that the group won under TNG’s leadership, and with tens of thousands of dollars funding from the national union. We are proud of that win and like every other, we take the lessons learned to make the next campaign even stronger and more successful.
Vote for me. I will keep building the Guild.
Current list of donors to buildingtheguild.org:
Robert Daley – $200
Elizabeth Regan – $100
Kathleen Mulvey – $50
Marian Needham – $600
Grace Catania – $100
Craig Rosenbaum – $100
John Hill – $200
Frank Arce – $100