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.
Albert Morch, Colorful SF Examiner Society Columnist, Dies in Sleep on Christmas Morning
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.
It has been a bountiful awards season for Guild members and friends — well-deserved accolades all around.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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, …