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.

Guild executive officer Carl Hall welcomes new San Francisco Chronicle unit members during a lunch at the Guild HQ on Wednesday.  (Photo: Media Workers staff 2015.)

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.

Monterey Herald unit members, Phil Molnar and Dave Royal, are pictured here covering a massive controlled burn on Fort Ord in summer 2013.  Molnar and Royal's work has been recognized in the 2014 California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest!  Awards night is May 9.  (Photo courtesy Phil Molnar.)

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.

Sunset in Honolulu after a long day of bargaining with Oahu Publications Inc., new owners of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.  (Photo: Media Workers Guild 2015)

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.


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 …


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.