Longtime Mercury News reporter Frank Sweeney dies at 78

Longtime Mercury News reporter Frank Sweeney dies at 78

After a 37-year career at the Mercury News, Sweeney, who retired in 2004, died Aug. 22, 2021. Read his obituary in the San Jose Mercury News. “Luther Jackson, executive officer of the Guild from 1995 to 2009, described Sweeney as a caring and canny negotiator who was “always several steps ahead of management. I hope […]

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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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Guild joins call to stop chasing Assange

Guild joins call to stop chasing Assange

The Guild Executive Committee has authorized the Local’s co-signing a petition by the activist group Action Network supporting a U.S. House of Representatives resolution calling for the government to end its pursuit of journalist Julian Assange. Assange is fighting extradition to the United States from Britain, accused by U.S. authorities of espionage in the wake […]

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Sacramento Bee Guild, McClatchy reach tentative agreement

Sacramento Bee Guild, McClatchy reach tentative agreement

The Sacramento Bee Guild is happy to announce it has reached a tentative contract agreement with McClatchy that ensures reporters can stay focused on the quality local journalism for which The Bee is known. The company, which was bought in September by hedge fund Chatham Asset Management, had proposed tying reporters’ raises to the number […]

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Guild offers workshop for freelancers navigating Prop 22, AB 5

Guild offers workshop for freelancers navigating Prop 22, AB 5

Surviving Prop 22 and AB 5: A Guild Workshop, Wed, Dec 16, 5:30-7 pm PST The Pacific Media Workers Guild and The NewsGuild-CWA represent a growing sector of freelancers. Guild Freelancers comprise independent journalists and media professionals, and advocates vigorously on their behalf in the marketplace, the Legislature, and the public mind. We work to […]

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Work & Social Justice: The David Bacon Archive at Stanford opens for in-person and online viewing at Stanford Libraries

Work & Social Justice: The David Bacon Archive at Stanford opens for in-person and online viewing at Stanford Libraries

The David Bacon Archive is now one of the largest collections of documentary photography at the Libraries, offering scholars and students stunning perspectives of labor and social justice movements as well as societal impacts of globalization and war.  Stanford, CA—From the streets of Oakland and Los Angeles to farmlands and factories across the United States, […]

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Guild officers endorse California Prop. 15

Guild officers endorse California Prop. 15

The Guild urges its members to vote “yes” on California Proposition 15, which would revamp property taxation on high-value industrial and commercial real estate and generate an estimated $6 billion to $11 billion annually in state tax revenue. The money would support certain local public services including schools and community colleges, where many future journalists […]

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Guild protests violent arrest of KPCC reporter

Guild protests violent arrest of KPCC reporter

The Guild has joined nearly 70 advocacy organizations and news outlets in a letter to the L.A. County sheriff, written and sent by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, protesting deputy sheriffs’ violent arrest of KPCC radio reporter Josie Huang for “obstruction.” Arresting officers claimed Huang didn’t identify herself as a journalist; her […]

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David Perlman, beloved San Francisco Chronicle science editor and longest-ever Guild member, dies at age 101

David Perlman, beloved San Francisco Chronicle science editor and longest-ever Guild member, dies at age 101

By Caroline GrannanPacific Media Workers Guild unit chair, San Francisco Chronicle David Perlman, the revered San Francisco Chronicle science writer and editor who started at the Chronicle in 1940 and retired 77 years later in 2017 when he was a vigorous 98 years old, died June 19 at age 101. Perlman, who became a Newspaper […]

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s layoff announcement shocks workers, community

Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s layoff announcement shocks workers, community

June 14, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HONOLULU — Workers, community members and reporters are reacting with shock to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s announcement Thursday it is laying off half of the newsroom. This devastation at the state’s largest newspaper will permanently damage the critical news coverage Hawaii depends on.  “This decision was disappointing, frustrating and unnecessary,” […]

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Former governors oppose Honolulu Star-Advertiser layoffs

Former governors oppose Honolulu Star-Advertiser layoffs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 15, 2020 Three former governors of the state of Hawaii have joined forces to urge the Honolulu Star-Advertiser not to go through with sweeping layoffs it has announced that would cripple the newspaper and ultimately hurt the community that depends upon it. Former Governors John Waihee, Ben Cayetano and Neil Abercrombie sent […]

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