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February Meeting of the EC, RA, and General Membership

February 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5570450039

To join audio by phone, dial: 669-900-6833

Meeting ID: 557 045 0039



A. Call to order

B. Approve January meeting minutes

C. Approve agenda

D. President’s Report

1. Contribution Requests

2. New Member Report (including new organizing members)

3. Congratulations to Trisha Thadani and Joaquin Palomino who will receive SPJ NorCal James Madison Awards for their “Broken Homes” series.

E. Treasurer’s Report – January Budget vs Actuals

F. Executive Officer’s Report

1. New Organizing

    • Reveal Guild campaign for voluntary recognition/certification
    • Press Democrat campaign for voluntary recognition of Sonoma Media Investment workers
    • Next: spring announcement of three union drives (96 new members)

2. Representation

    • Report on Honolulu Star-Advertiser Arbitration case
    • Maui News Shift Differential Grievance/ ULP
    • Maui News ULP re: refusal to negotiate
    • Maui News ULP re: retaliation for protected activity
    • Press Democrat issue re: non-members performing Guild work
    • Daily Kos ULP re: refusal to negotiate over wrongful termination

3. Current and upcoming bargaining:

    • Voluntary Buyout agreement reached at Daily Kos
    • Contract negotiations ongoing at the East Bay Times, Mercury News, Monterey Herald, Hawaii Tribune Herald, Maui News, Sacramento Bee, Press Democrat, California Labor Federation, Daily Kos, and The Chronicle

4. Mobilization –

    1. April 8th Labor Notes Bay Area Troublemakers School, Oakland Tech High School.
    2. Retirement party for Caroline Grannan, date TBD
    3. Bay News Rising 2023 – report from Annie Sciacca

G. Report from Michael Cabanatuan re: International Guild Executive Council Work

H. Report from Legislative and Political Committee Chair, Richard Knee

  • Local statement for Mumia Abu Jamal
  • Mike Bradley Labor Notes piece on Department of Labor’s proposed new rule re: employment status of wage earners under the FLSA
  • Biden administration seeking public comment on rule requiring gov’t contractors to disclose gas emissions

I. Building Corps Report on ongoing construction projects

J. Old Business

K. New Business

  • RA approval of Daily Kos Voluntary Buyout agreement
  • Discuss co-sponsoring/subsidizing tickets for members to attend the April 8th Troublemakers School

L. Adjourn

M. Executive Session



Guild Executive Committee Meetings are held every third Saturday of the month from 10 am-noon. On holiday weekends, we move the meeting to the Thursday evening prior to the holiday, see the schedule below.

We are meeting virtually for the foreseeable future.

Members are encouraged to join and listen in. The Local Representative Assembly and General Membership meet with the EC every other meeting. Agendas and updates will be posted here at mediaworkers.org.

  • EC Meeting, Saturday January 21
  • EC/RA/GM Meeting, 6-8 pm Thursday, February 16th (moved for President’s Day)
  • EC Meeting, Saturday, March 18
  • EC/ RA/ GM Meeting, Saturday, April 15
  • EC Meeting, Saturday, May 20
  • EC/RA/ GM Meeting, 6-8 pm Thursday, June 15 (moved for Juneteenth)
  • July – Summer break, no meeting
  • EC Meeting, Saturday, August 19
  • EC/RA/GM Meeting, Saturday, September 16 (General Membership Meeting)
  • EC Meeting, Saturday, October 21
  • EC/RA/GM Meeting, Saturday, November 18
  • December – Winter break, no meeting


February 16, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm