General Membership Meeting, Thursday, November 19

The 2015 fall General Membership meeting for TNG/CWA Local 37082 will be held the evening of Thursday, November 19 at the Seattle Labor Temple in upper Belltown. All members in good standing are eligible to participate and are encouraged to attend.

WHERE: 2800 First Avenue, Room 208 (Labor Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor)

WHEN:  Thursday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.

The order of business for the meeting will include a review of the proposed Local budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, nomination of Local officers for the 2016-2017 two-year term, and nomination of delegates to the 2017 Newspaper Guild Sector Conference and the 2017 CWA Convention.

The meeting will also provide an overview of recent activity at the different units of the Local and within the Guild International, and an opportunity for discussion on upcoming bargaining at the Seattle Times.

Any member in good standing wishing to propose additional items for the agenda may do so by calling the Guild office at 206-328-1190 or sending an email to Local Administrative Officer Darryl Sclater at

Parking: On-street is generally available in the vicinity of the Labor Temple in the evening. Meters are enforced until 8:00 p.m. Free, secured parking is available in an adjacent parking garage with advance notice. If you would like to attend the meeting and park in the garage, please contact the Guild office for directions and an access code.

NewsGuild-CWA Launches New Website Dedicated To Helping Digital Media Workers Organize

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Recently, the NewsGuild-CWA received a lot well-deserved attention with a slam-dunk organizing win at the Guardian US, where staff voted 45-0 for the union. This was quickly followed by a petition for representation from news staff at Al Jazeera America. With parallel successes by the Writers Guild of America East at Gawker and Vice, union organizing in digital media looks to be on a strong and noisy upswing.

Journalists in digital newsrooms clearly want and need the same kind of job protections and effective representation that the Guild has historically provided in print newsrooms. Staff in digital media face more challenges and pressures than ever, and as union originally founded by and for working journalists, the Guild is a natural fit as an organizing partner. What's more, the Guild has been actively representing digital staff longer than just about anybody, starting with the online newsrooms of many major newspapers, and including the first completely digital-only operation to organize, Truthout, where staff joined the Guild all the way back in 2009.

In order to provide a gateway for other digital staff wanting to organize, and to provide more background on the Guild and its experience representing journalists of all stripes, including those working in digital, the NewsGuild-CWA has set up a new, dedicated website focused on digital organizing. The site offers quotes and comments from Guild members working in digital media, information on the history of the Guild's digital organizing, and confidential links to communicate with Guild organizers.

For anyone interested in bringing a bit of union solidarity online, is clearly going to be the place to start.

Great Recent Labor Reporting In Words and Pictures

If you missed it earlier, take some time to check out this great Seattle Times piece featuring women working in traditionally male trade jobs. Interviews and stories by Susan Kelleher, photo work by Bettina Hansen.

The women and the jobs featured range from ironworker to electrician to wild-land firefighter, and include a couple of original "Rosie the Riveters" who got their start at Boeing back during World War Two. The story helps show both how far women have come (see illustration above) and the challenges they still face.

There's also a bonus "Behind the Byline" piece by Bettina, in which she talks about the equipment and approach she used to create the photos. It's a nice extra, interesting both from a technical point of view, for photography buffs, but also very much in keeping with the labor theme; literally, the story of the work that goes into creating what you see.

The piece was originally published in the September 6, 2015 edition of Pacific NW, the Seattle Times Sunday magazine supplement. If you've a mind to get yourself a nice glossy-paper original, the helpful folks in back issues can be contacted here.