I came to this country, I was not born into it. I wanted to learn the language. I learned the language. I wanted to learn the customs. I learned the customs. I wanted to learn the laws. I learned the laws. I wanted to get a job. I did that, too.
At the same time, I wanted to hold onto my customs and traditions. And I was able to do this as well.
My work life lead me to The NewsGuild-CWA, which has its own history, customs and traditions. I became involved because that is what the traditions of this wonderful country demands of us. Becoming involved. Not sitting by while others take but don’t give.
This NewsGuild election has shown me another side of society — a very disappointing one. A piece in the CJR published May 6, 2019 sends a depressing and cynical message, a message contrary to my own experience with the international union and contrary to the customs of this society.
The author chose to write and publish a slanted piece that rejects facts and promotes a narrow view of what I have come to know as the most democratic of unions. In my past I was a member of another union so I do have a basis for my opinion. I fear this writer has no real basis for her opinions. A NewsGuild journalist checks the sources, checks the backgrounds of the sources, seeks the truth, and ask for other points of view. This is how NewsGuild journalists do it. I am not a journalist, but I have them in our local and, I’m very proud of them.
It is quite apparent that complaints about democracy in The NewsGuild are uninformed. Perhaps reading the Constitution would help.
The fact is this writer did not know that the Guild Constitution sets out the manner of running the election. The fact is this writer did not care that the SERC, which oversees the election, is decidedly NOT selected by anyone, but rather is an elected office. Once elected at the TNG conference, not a single member of the SERC spoke to any candidate, citing their duty to remain outside of the campaigns.
Ignorance is not a defense to writing slanted pieces in the CJR. It is also no defense for failing to read the governing documents and willfully spreading disinformation.
We are connected to the CWA. Your disrespect of my union is disrespect to the thousands of my sisters and brothers who believe that their voices are heard at the local and the National.
I understand election campaigns can get ugly. You go after your opponent.
What I don’t understand is why would you want to try bring down the union you chose to join.
Jon, you promised you would run a clean campaign and I trusted you.
You disappointed me. Should you win, I fear you will dismantle my union’s foundation.
Grace Catania – my opinions here are my own
President of the Chicago NewsGuild
Midwest District Council President
District 4 representative of the CWA Women’s Committee, also chair of the committee