New year to bring protections against arrest of journalists covering protests

New year to bring protections against arrest of journalists covering protests

On Jan. 1, 2022, new legal protections against arrest go into effect for journalists covering protests and similar activities in the state of California. This is thanks to Senate Bill 98, which was passed and signed into law after an unprecedent advocacy effort by dozens of journalist-serving organizations, including our union, Pacific Media Workers Guild. […]

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Newsom signs journalist-protection bill

Newsom signs journalist-protection bill

Unprecedented collaboration among unions, news organizations and lawmakers statewide brings big political win in Sacramento. A Guild-supported bill protecting the First Amendment rights of journalists covering civil disturbances and other mass public events has received California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature and is to become effective on Jan. 1. Just how effective remains to be seen. […]

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Guild members receive San Francisco Press Club awards

Guild members receive San Francisco Press Club awards

The San Francisco Press Club encourages excellence in journalism by providing training, grants, scholarships and recognition for professionals and students in the Greater Bay Area. Its mission is driven by its belief in the First Amendment, integrity in reporting and the essential role of journalism in a democracy. All San Francisco Press Club 2021 awards […]

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Nominations are open for the 2022-2023 Pacific Media Workers Guild Elections

Nominations are open for the 2022-2023 Pacific Media Workers Guild Elections

Dear Guild members: It is time again for us to nominate new unit officers and for the Executive Board of our union, Pacific Media Workers Guild-CWA Local 39521.  Nominations are open for the 2022-2023 Pacific Media Workers Guild Elections The Local elections are held every 2 years and governed by our bylaws in conjunction with […]

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$1,000 Guild scholarship awarded to Benjamin Cabanatuan

$1,000 Guild scholarship awarded to Benjamin Cabanatuan

The Pacific Media Workers Guild is pleased to offer Benjamin Cabanatuan a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the Russ Cain Memorial Student Aid Fund. Benjamin is the son of Michael (San Francisco Chronicle Guild member) and Adrienne Cabanatuan, and will begin college at the University of Oregon this fall. In appreciation for the […]

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We are seeking a union representative for our San Francisco office

We are seeking a union representative for our San Francisco office

The Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 is seeking a full-time Union Representative to join its staff in San Francisco, CA. Our Local represents news organizations, staff unions, nonprofits, worker coops, and more. We’re looking for someone with a range of skills who thrives in a fast-paced environment. PMWG’s membership is growing. This position […]

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We oppose SB98 amendments that would restrict press freedoms called for in original bill

We oppose SB98 amendments that would restrict press freedoms called for in original bill

Questions, or want your organization to become a signatory? Contact Adam Rose of the LA Press Club at adjoro@gmail.com or Matt Pearce of Media Guild of the West at president@mediaguildwest.org We, the undersigned organizations, which collectively represent thousands of California journalists, strongly oppose a recent amendment made to SB 98, a bill originally intended to […]

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Guild supports bills to strengthen government transparency and protect journalists from law enforcement harassment

Guild supports bills to strengthen government transparency and protect journalists from law enforcement harassment

Sunshine, First Amendment efforts Guild officers have voted to support three California bills strengthening government transparency, to oppose a bill that would weaken it and to back a bill aimed at discouraging law enforcement officers from attacking or harassing journalists. In addition, Paul Burton, who serves with Gloria La Riva and yours truly on the […]

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Guild member Seth Rosenfeld awarded Madison Freedom of Information Award from NorCal Society of Professional Journalists

Guild member Seth Rosenfeld awarded Madison Freedom of Information Award from NorCal Society of Professional Journalists

To his already impressive list of accolades, Guild member Seth Rosenfeld has added a James Madison Award from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Chapter, for a series of articles in the San Francisco Public Press detailing how the California Public Utilities Commission kept the public from knowing of vehicle collisions and traffic safety […]

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Daily Kos workers to unionize with the NewsGuild-CWA

Daily Kos workers to unionize with the NewsGuild-CWA

OAKLAND, CA – Today, employees at the progressive news site Daily Kos announced the creation of the Daily Kos Guild. The union will join the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521, an affiliate local of the NewsGuild-Communication Workers of America. As the nation’s largest online progressive media and activism hub, which reaches over 18 million […]

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Chronicle excludes Guild members from paid MLK Day holiday; Guild files unfair labor practice charges

Chronicle excludes Guild members from paid MLK Day holiday; Guild files unfair labor practice charges

To Pacific Media Workers Guild Chronicle unit members: We’re distressed that Chronicle management is announcing that everyone on staff except Pacific Media Workers Guild members gets Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday. We want our members to understand the background and the situation. The Guild has pushed forcefully over several contract negotiations for […]

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Journalists’ Union Calls for Removal of Members of Tribune Board of Directors

Journalists’ Union Calls for Removal of Members of Tribune Board of Directors

Cites breach of fiduciary duties by Alden directors FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 6, 2021; original release Jan. 5, 2021 CONTACT: Sally Davidow sdavidow@cwa-union.org (202) 368-3324 The Chicago News Guild has called for the immediate removal of three members of the Tribune Publishing Board of Directors, citing a breach of fiduciary duties in a recent filing of regulatory […]

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