Victory for video interpreters: first contract

All four ASLIU centers have voted to ratify contracts with Purple Communications. The union contracts are the first in the nation for American Sign Language video interpreters.

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Time to apply for Guild scholarships and student aid

Every spring Local 39521 encourages graduating high school students and those transitioning to graduate studies to apply for a Guild scholarship.  Eligible applicants potentially may receive grants that range from $100 to $500.  Most of the funds come from generous donations by our retired members, many of whom have been …

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New Chronicle unit members visit the Guild

On Wednesday, the Guild treated new Chronicle bargaining unit members to lunch and an orientation at its 433 Natoma offices.

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Monterey Herald members to receive awards from CA Newspaper Publishers

Two of our Monterey Herald unit members are winners in the 2014 CNPA Better Newspaper Contest. Each of these entries has won 1st or 2nd place in its category among papers of the Herald’s size.

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Guild executive committee meeting rescheduled

Local 39521’s executive committee meeting scheduled for March 21 has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. Please make plans to attend the April 25 meeting which is a combined meeting of the executive committee, representative assembly and general membership.

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American Sign Language interpreters are voting on first contract

At long last, our American Sign Language Interpreters United unit has agreed tentatively to contract terms with employer Purple Communications. Our ASL interpreter sisters and brothers are holding ratification votes this week.  The first one was in Oakland on Monday.  Results will be announced once members in all four locations …

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The Media Guild Pension Plan survives in hostile times

For more than five decades, the Media Guild Pension Plan has paid lifetime pensions to retired participants, chiefly the Guild-covered staff at the San Francisco Chronicle and its ancestors in the once-thriving Bay Area newspaper industry.

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Dori J. Maynard, diversity advocate in journalism, dies at 56

Dori J. Maynard, a journalist who was at the forefront of the campaign to make the American news media a more accurate mirror of American diversity, died on Tuesday at her home in Oakland, Calif. She was 56. The cause was lung cancer, her mother, Liz Rosen, said. At her …

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Guild organizes freelance social media workers

SMT recently signed a one-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Guild that will give the company’s freelancers a contract and the protection of a union, an agreement that may be the first of its kind in the U.S.

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CWA’s NCNC swears in new officers

New officers were sworn in to start the February 4 meeting of CWA’s Northern California-Nevada Council.

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