Grace Catania – Chicago NewsGuild
My name is Grace Catania. I am Local President TNG-CWA 34071.
I support Bernie Lunzer, Marian Needham, and Martha Waggoner.
What do I look for in a union leader? If I have to sum it up in one word, that word is knowledge, definitely knowledge.
As a person who is still learning the union ropes, involved in the union for only about 10 years, it is important for me to know that I have a leader I can ask for advice.
Bernie Lunzer’s knowledge and experience are so instrumental to our union. I know from personal experience that I can count on Bernie to return my calls or emails and provide good advice, support and direction. I have never been disappointed because his common sense advice is backed by solid experience.
We are living in anti-union times and yet, under Bernie, TNG organized over 2,000 new members, and more are on the way.
In the Chicago NewsGuild we gained over 240 new members from the Chicago Tribune/Red Eye, Suburbs/Hoy and Digital Production Services. During organizing, I was in regular contact with Bernie and Marian. As a team, they make sure experienced staff are available to help with organizing.
Now, our new members are getting ready to negotiate their first contract. Again, TNG staff is helping prepare the contract proposal. Additionally, with Bernie and Marian help we were able to add a part time staff-member to work directly with the new units in our Chicago local.
As chairperson of the National Women’s Committee, it pleases me to see the balance in this ticket as well. Having two strong women, Marian and Martha, work with Bernie exemplifies the reason for this trio’s continued success and serves as a great example for our union generally.
It takes the skill and hard work by many to create the kind of success Bernie, Marian and Martha have fostered. We have added a lot of younger people who are full of energy and ideas. With guidance and training provided by Bernie, Marian and Martha these new members will surely rise up to become our next leaders.
Right now, Bernie Lunzer is my only choice for TNG President.
He will keep building our Guild to be stronger than ever!