Guild declares national day of action in #NewsMatters campaign


One thousand NewsGuild workers at 13 newspapers nationwide stand united today as we begin a new, more public phase of the Guild’s #NewsMatters campaign for fair contracts with Digital First Media.

Together, we launched a historic, coordinated effort in January after enduring years of destructive layoffs, concessions, failed sales attempts, and consolidation under the ownership of Alden Global Capital, a shadowy Wall Street hedge fund skilled in speculation and tax avoidance.

Today’s national day of action connects workers at 13 newspapers who are negotiating – or soon will be negotiating – for new contracts at DFM. We’re also reaching out to non-union DFM workers and to Guild members across the country.

Together, we’re making our voices heard. Together, we are building a movement to hold Alden Global Capital accountable for the destructive cuts that undermine the critical role that newspapers play in our communities.

Take the next step today in our #NewsMatters campaign. Sign up right now for campaign updates on through this link – – or on our Facebook page at We’re calling on citizens, journalists, and media workers nationwide to do the same, and to join our fight to preserve quality journalism.

Our campaign is entering a critical stage. We’re adding supporters and building alliances to make sure DFM and Alden get the message: Stop strip-mining the assets of newspapers, and invest in the workers who make those newspapers profitable. #NewsMatters, and DFM workers – all news workers – demand fair treatment.

Your participation makes a difference. You’re helping us send a clear message to Alden Global Capital: News is vital to our democracy, and newspapers are too important to fall prey to Wall Street profiteering.

Help us win fair contracts and make a stand for our newspapers. Visit our website at, or our Facebook page at, and sign up for campaign updates at this link: You also can follow us on Twitter: @dfmworkers.

Press release here.

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Pacific Media Workers Guild

We are the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America. We represent more than 1,200 journalists and other media workers, interpreters, translators, union staffs and freelancers.

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