While The NewsGuild-CWA appropriately presses aggressively on issues involving freedom of the press, we also represent professions other than journalism, both in and outside of newspapers.
For example, our Philadelphia local just reached a three-year agreement for 25 workers at ROC (Restaurant Opportunities Center) that includes trainers and advocacy staff. We also represent other nonprofits and social justice groups, including Jobs with Justice. Our members include about 1,500 language workers and some 1,000 staff union members.
Within newspapers, we represent workers in advertising, circulation, techs and additional workers. When I visited the Minneapolis, I included interpreters, staff unions and social justice groups in my stops.
I started on the commercial side of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, where I worked for several years.
I first worked in advertising, then marketing. I took a leave to be a strike captain and when I returned, I was assigned to a position in circulation that started at 2 a.m. and had Wednesdays and Thursdays as my weekend. It was a tough experience, but one that taught me about the importance of recognizing the value of all work.
As a settlement of a grievance, I landed in the newsroom, splitting my time between the metro desk and features.
I’m proud of my various work experiences and believe they made me more empathetic of the experiences of all our members. I’m proud of the diversity of workers within The NewsGuild-CWA, and I’m also proud that we’re the most democratic part of the Communications Workers of America. We’re the only group that has direct member voting instead of voting by delegates. Again, I ask that you not only take advantage of your right to vote but that you vote for Bernie Lunzer.
As we go through this election remember that every member belongs – every member contributes, journalist or not. I thank all of you for your work and for your membership. We are all building the Guild!
Editor’s note: There was an incorrect reference in the original post suggesting my opponent ignored a worker, which he did not do. I apologize for it not getting pulled before publication. Bernie