In a scurrilous hit piece on CJR my opponents attack and defame the institutions of the Guild and some other wonderful leaders. I’ve come to expect the negative and defaming comments about me. That’s politics, even though they did promise a positive campaign. My camp has conducted a positive campaign. But with a week of voting left my opponents decided to attack everything that is good and holy about the NewsGuild. They’ve shown us who they are.
Why didn’t I talk to the reporter? Because I was warned of her intent and behavior. I’ve been criticized even by good people. I talk routinely with a lot of reporters about a great many things. But Marian Needham, Guild Executive Vice President, told me of her call with said reporter. No, Marian did not hang up. She ended a harangue with the reporter who refused to accept that the elections committee was in fact elected at the sector conference. No, said the reporter many times. “You appointed this group.” Marian explained that a list of candidates is put forward and anyone can be nominated and run. I did that as a young delegate, getting nominated as the sixth candidate in a group of five. I was elected. Easy peasy, if you know anything about the Guild and its highly democratic processes.
No independent monitor you say? No, because both campaigns are allowed up to three monitors at the vote counting. You didn’t see that in the article because it didn’t fit the narrative. If you have any questions about the biased nature of the reporter, check out the tweets she liked from the other camp and the cynical tweets she posted as herself, and from CJR. I have to say – shame on CJR for posting this and undermining the credibility of the NewsGuild. Note that she quoted four people from the “other side” and no one other than Marian from “our side.” I emailed the executive editor at CJR, requesting the ability to respond but never heard back.
Do you burn down a village to ostensibly save it? No. I don’t believe the other side wants anything but power and dominion. They even trashed Stevie Blanchard, Administrative Officer in Detroit. If anyone represents the future of skilled young leadership in the Guild, it’s Stevie. I hope she runs for higher office soon. Unlike my opponent she knows the Guild and has the experience necessary. That’s also why there needs to be a legitimate discussion about succesorship if I win this election. Perhaps I won’t. We’ll know next week. Regardless I can’t sit by and watch these scorched earth tactics and not defend the Guild. I’ve always considered myself a steward and activist. My job has always been to protect the process of the Guild and preserve it for future generations. I’m proud of what I’ve done despite the meritless attacks against me.
So after hearing from Marian I decided this reporter had her narrative. Later on I’ll do a deep dive and I’m certain I’ll find all the other writings where this writer defends union democracy and organizing (insert irony and sarcasm here). You’ll also see that she liked several pointed and venemous tweets from my opponents camp. I think it’s extremely clear that she was biased.
The mysterious time that the official Guild twitter account liked something of mine – for more than a year I functioned as the sole communications person for the Guild because for budgetary reasons we were not allowed to fill our spot (something we’ve now fixed). I used tweetbot and there was some weird cross link. On hearing of this “like” the accounts were immediately de-linked and I stopped any access to the official account, not even knowing the password. No mystery or conspiracy unless you need to paint one.
No independent monitor? The NewsGuild has constitutional requirements and has long used this approach. Members of the union, working with legal counsel, conduct the work of the election. Everything is transparent and responsible. The reporter did not tell you that both camps are allowed three monitors at the vote counting. That did not fit her need to paint the idea of a corrupt, closed room. The Guild approach is to trust Guild members, but to oversee and verify too. My opponent’s camp would have you believe that no group of leaders, no matter how highly regarded they are, can be trusted. It’s a cynical view and I reject it.
The NewsGuild-CWA is the most democratic sector of the most democratic union in North America. Destroying its reputation at a time of historic organizing levels is just wrong. There will come a time when I can speak more openly about things that happened to create this election. Now is not the time. I want to stick to a positive agenda about issues. See my site for information about the upcoming CWA Convention. These are the things we should be talking about. But I have to speak back when my union is attacked in a baseless way.