Guild joins protest as SF mayor acts to diminish City Hall transparency

The Guild and several other open-government advocacy organizations are urging San Francisco Mayor London Breed to rescind a March 23 declaration indefinitely suspending certain parts of the city’s Sunshine Ordinance. Breed is using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to withhold City Hall records from journalists and other members of the public. “While some changes […]

March 3rd Oral Arguments on FOI Case, NLG Bay Area Chapter vs. the City of Hayward

Guild Sisters and Brothers, The following is from Christine Peek, the attorney representing the National Lawyers Guild’s Bay Area chapter vs. the City of Hayward in a FOI-related matter that the Guild and SPJ NorCal joined, siding with the NLG, as amici. Please note: The California Supreme Court is to hear oral arguments Tuesday, March […]

Meeting of Local 39521 Executive Committee

TO ATTEND THE MEETING By video conference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83264331641 You can also call in by phone: Call 669-900-6833 Meeting ID: 832 6433 1641   AGENDA A. Call to order B. Approve September Meeting Minutes C. Approve Agenda D. President’s Report a. Contributions b. New Members E. Treasurer’s Report -September Budget vs Actuals F. Executive Officer’s Report […]

Meeting of Local 39521 Executive Committee, Representative Assembly, and General Membership

TO ATTEND THE MEETING Join by video conference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89379480495 You can also call in by phone: Call 408-638-0968 Meeting ID: 893 7948 0495   AGENDA 1. Call to order 2. Approve July and August Meeting Minutes 3. Approve Agenda 4. President’s Report a. Contributions b. New Members 5. Treasurer’s Report – August Budget vs Actuals […]

Meeting of Local 39521 Executive Committee

TO ATTEND THE MEETING Join by video conference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5570450039 You can also call in by phone: Call 669-900-6833 Meeting ID: 557 045 0039   AGENDA 1. Call to order 2. Approve June Meeting Minutes 3. Approve Agenda 4. President’s Report a. Dan Nakaso will be stepping down as Hawaii VP. b. Contributions c. New Members […]

Raid on SF journalist criticized as trampling First Amendment

This article was previously posted on the Bay City Beacon website. This union has called for a probe into these police activities. San Francisco police on Tuesday allowed freelance video journalist Bryan Carmody to retrieve equipment and materials that officers seized from his home and office on May 10th, but the legal and political furor […]

Guild works to oppose measure that could endanger City Hall transparency

On a motion by Guild First Vice President Gloria La Riva, the San Francisco Labor Council’s Committee on Political Education voted 58-21 to oppose San Francisco Proposition B, a measure on this November’s ballot that would, among other things, empower the Board of Supervisors to tamper with the city’s Sunshine Ordinance, the nation’s strongest local government transparency law, which the voters passed in 1999.

Guild Freelancers protests reporter’s expulsion from SFPD press conference

The expulsion of 48 Hills reporter Sana Saleem from a San Francisco Police Department press conference on Jan. 18 has prompted Guild Freelancers chair David Bacon to send a protest letter reminding Police Chief William Scott and Mayor Ed Lee that field officers and office staff must respect the constitutional rights of all journalists including freelancers such as Saleem.

Guild members hailed for journalistic excellence

by Richard Knee, Local 39521 VP-California The Guild congratulates members Joel Engardio of the Guild Freelancers unit, Cynthia Hubert and Stephen Magagnini of the Sacramento Bee, and recent Mercury News retiree Pete Carey as recipients of the prestigious Excellence in Journalism Award that the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, will present on Tuesday […]

S.F. initiative would expand Guild’s sunshine role

Your Guild would expand its role in working for local government transparency under a package of reforms to San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance that the citizens’ group San Franciscans for Sunshine hopes to place on this November’s citywide ballot.

Guild, SPJ protest deputies’ assaults on S.F. journalists

Following brutal assaults by San Francisco sheriff’s deputies on four journalists covering a protest rally in City Hall on May 6, your Guild and the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, have told Mayor Edwin Lee and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy that such atrocious conduct must stop.

Trans-Pacific Partnership could sabotage the First Amendment

Concerns about a provision that could sabotage the First Amendment rights of our members, especially journalists, have prompted the Pacific Media Workers Guild to oppose U.S. participation in a proposed 12-nation trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trans-Pacific Partnership forum: How it threatens journalistic freedom and Internet democracy

A forum sponsored by the Pacific Media Workers Guild Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Bernal Library Community Room 500 Cortland St. San Francisco Speakers: Maira Sutton, Electronic Frontier Foundation global policy analyst Richard Knee, freelance journalist and Guild Legislative and Political Committee chair Certain TPP provisions would seriously jeopardize the rights of reporters, the […]