Your union, The NewsGuild-CWA, is in a period of great resurgence. As president, I am most proud of the organizing culture we have built and the results we are achieving in contract negotiations.
You will soon receive a ballot for Guild president. I’m asking for your vote because I want the opportunity to continue to build on that success — to keep building the Guild.
We’ve brought in roughly 3,000 new members in the last three years, extending union representation to over 60 new workplaces.
We’re not only organizing; we’re delivering contracts. Every contract requires sacrifice by the Guild bargainers and many hours of tough work. First contracts are especially tough. Each one of these agreements makes yours even stronger.
As president, I make certain that we provide the resources Guild members need to improve their work lives through collective bargaining. In just the past few years, the Guild has provided money for New York, for Chicago and for the Los Angeles Times Guild and for Washington-Baltimore, just to name a few. But we help locals of all sizes.
We have taken on chain bargaining with Digital First Media and Gatehouse. We are working on strategies to keep Gannett from the clutches of Alden Capital, the hedge fund that owns the DFM papers. There are no simple answers when hedge funds ignore the role of newspapers in supporting democracy. But our media workers understand that their voices, brought together through their union, are the best way to challenge these business strategies and support local news. We’ve had some victories, but the fight against greedy publishers continues.
TNG-CWA is diverse community of journalists, sales people, techs, language workers, social justice workers and staff unions. We fight for all our members, and they fight for each other. They are all a proud part of our community.
Experience matters. I have both the experience and passion needed to keep the Guild on track. But passion alone is not enough to run an international union. My opponent may make a lot of promises. Promises are easy; results are hard. He has not shown the knowledge or skills to lead an international union. Do you really want someone who’s never even served as a shop steward to be the president of your union?
Workers organized in a union create better products and better lives. I have known that for most of my life, and it’s why I requested my Guild card when I was 21. I have devoted my career to this union, to bringing our members together to fight for better workplaces and better lives.
I am asking you for the opportunity to continue that important work on behalf of Guild members throughout North America.
Stand up. Fight back. Build community. Vote Bernie on your ballot.
In solidarity and continued friendship – Bernie Lunzer