Digital First Media workers launch coordinated contract campaign

Today is the launch of a national, coordinated campaign to win fair contracts with wage increases for the nearly 1,000 Guild-represented employees of Digital First Media.

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Unionizing the digital media revolution

A revolution is taking place in digital media. Workers at the companies that produce the material you read during work, share on Facebook, and comment about on Twitter are unionizing, and changing the Internet landscape.

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The radical roots of the great grape strike

Fifty years ago the great grape strike started in Delano, when Filipino pickers walked out of the fields on September 8, 1965. Mexican workers joined them two weeks later. The strike went on for five years, until all California table grape growers were forced to sign contracts in 1970.

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Guardian US staff votes unanimously to join News Media Guild

The staff of the Guardian US voted unanimously (45-0) Wednesday to unionize under the the Guild’s wire service local, the News Media Guild. In a statement, Guardian staff said, “We would like to thank the News Media Guild and the Communications Workers of America for their invaluable help, advice and …

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Our Local’s Sara Steffens elected Sec-Treas of CWA

Former Bay Area newspaper reporter Sara Steffens was elected secretary-treasurer Monday of the Communications Workers of America, second in command at one of the biggest labor unions in the country.

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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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Purple Communications

American Sign Language Interpreters United – ASLIU That ASLIU has “arrived” as a union with a highly committed membership was demonstrated beyond any doubt on May 5 when members took to the streets in a one-day strike to protest Purple’s imposition of changes to the health-care plan. Nearly all of …

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Fiscal challenges led to diminished San Mateo Times

Location and timing is everything for local journalism as it is for real estate. The San Mateo Times adhered to that principle for decades. And it proved quite profitable.

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Press Democrat purchase by locals is a lesson for Digital First Media

When a group of local investors bought the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the unionized news staff invested, too.

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Guild news staffs launch effort to resuscitate journalism

The Guild has launched an effort to find or build community-based enterprises to free news organizations from the grip of the Digital First Media hedge fund.

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