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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Albert Morch, colorful SF Examiner society columnist, dies at 85

Albert Morch, Colorful SF Examiner Society Columnist, Dies in Sleep on Christmas Morning

TNG delegates give standing ovation to CWA President Larry Cohen.  Janelle Hartman/ 2015.

Newspaper Guild changes name; CWA President praises media workers

The Newspaper Guild sector conference delegates voted to change the name of The Newspaper Guild-CWA to The NewsGuild-CWA, reflecting media and union changes.

ILCA first award 2014

Members win the gold

It has been a bountiful awards season for Guild members and friends — well-deserved accolades all around.

Strikers pushed cups in the Chronicle fence to spell out “Contract now.” Photo by Nancy Wong 1994.

The legacy of the great San Francisco newspaper strike of 1994

The solidarity demonstrated at the bargaining table and on the streets of San Francisco inspired the international unions involved to form a national level council of newspaper unions — the Newspaper Industry Coordinating Committee, or NICC. NICC fostered cooperation among the Guild, International Typographical Union, Teamsters and Graphic Communications International Union (pressmen) that had never occurred on a national level.


TNG president requests meeting with Berkeley mayor to ensure journalist safety

The Newspaper Guild (TNG) president Bernie Lunzer sent a letter on Monday to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Police Chief Michael Meehan that expressed outrage about the brutal treatment that several journalists suffered at the hands of law enforcement officers during protests in Berkeley over the weekend.

Protesters and police clashed Saturday during demonstrations against police brutality in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. Several members of the press were assaulted by police officers wielding batons.  Photo courtesy NBC news/2014.

Journalists condemn Berkeley police brutality against press

On Saturday night, several members of the media that were covering the Berkeley protests of police brutality in New York and Missouri were battered by police, even while displaying their credentials. Berkeley police used batons against these journalists, striking at least one in the head.


1994 San Francisco news strike pushed limits and ushered in online media

By Larry Hatfield

The 1994 strike was remarkable for a variety of reasons, the most profound of which may have been that it was a seminal event in the development of online media. Both sides made significant contributions.

1994 pickets outside Chronicle building. Photo by Nancy Wong 1994.

Reporter retrospective on 1994 strike

San Francisco newspaper workers have staged only a couple of strikes during the past 80 years, and they had a sort of accidental quality. In 1968, a few roving pickets from a Mailers Union strike at the Herald Examiner came up from LA, and somehow got a two-month strike going …

Steve Rubenstein plays harmonica as his spouse, Caroline Grannan looks on. Steve and Caroline were part of the SF Newspaper Strike of 1994. Photo by Kat Anderson 2014.

Strikers remember rain, pain and some gain

By Rebecca Rosen Lum, Local president A strike had been percolating for weeks before 2,600 workers from 11 unions at the Examiner, the Chronicle and the San Francisco Newspaper Agency walked off the job Nov. 1, 1994. Four days of round-the-clock negotiations hit a logjam over salary and job security, …