Bargaining Opens For New Contracts At Seattle Times

A Guild bargaining committee met today with a committee from Seattle Times management to open negotiations on a new contract covering the news, advertising, and circulation departments at the Times.

A second meeting will be held tomorrow to open discussions on the separate contract for the Guild-affiliated Composing unit at the Seattle Times.

Representing the TNG unit today were PNNG Local President Phil Kearney (Seattle Times, Advertising), Rob Davila (Seattle Times, News), Barb Heller (Seattle Times, Circulation), and Darryl Sclater (TNG Sector Representative and acting local administrator).

Together with Sclater, Rena Mefford (Seattle Times, Composing) and Michelle Uhrbom (Seattle Times, Composing) will form the union committee for tomorrow’s meeting.

A full bargaining bulletin with details of both meetings will be posted following the conclusion of the Composing session.

Further scheduled meeting dates for the TNG contract are:

Wednesday, February 24
Friday, February 26
Wednesday, March 2
Friday, March 4

Additional dates for Composing are:

Monday, February 22
Monday, February 29

In accordance with the TNG constitution, all bargaining sessions are open to interested members of the bargaining units who may wish to observe. If you are interested in attending a session, please contact the Guild office regarding meeting times and room locations.

Posted on February 10, 2016 and filed under BARGAINING, SEATTLE TIMES.

Local Officer and Delegate Nominations, and Provisional Election Results

At the November 19 General Membership meeting, the following individuals were nominated as Local Executive Board officers for the 2016-2017 term:

President: Phil Kearney, Seattle Times (Advertising)

Vice-President: Jim Brunner, Seattle Times (News)

Treasurer: Steve Miletich, Seattle Times (News)

Secretary: Rob Davila, Seattle Times (News)

In addition, Phil Kearney and Local Administrative Officer Darryl Sclater were nominated as delegates to the biannual NewsGuild-CWA Sector Conference and the CWA Convention, to be held in 2017.

Because no office or delegate position received multiple nominations, election was determined to be by acclamation. However, this determination is provisional, as Local bylaws provide for additional nominations by petition up to five business days subsequent to the November nominating meeting.

To be valid, nominating petitions must be signed by at least twenty-five members in good standing of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild and delivered to the Guild office no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015. If a valid petition is received for any office, an election will be scheduled during the month of December. If no valid petitions are received, the provisional election results shall be confirmed and the individuals listed will take office on January 1, 2016 for a term of two years.

I you have any questions or concerns regarding the nominating, election, or petition process, please contact the Guild office using the contact information available on this website.

Posted on November 23, 2015 and filed under MEETINGS, ELECTIONS.

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 ao37082@gmail.com.

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.

Posted on November 12, 2015 and filed under MEETINGS, ELECTIONS.

Will the Real Rosie the Riveter Please Stand Up (Or, Better Yet, Sit and Enjoy a Well-Earned Lunch Break)

Courtesy of labor historian Erik Loomis, here's an informative background piece on Rosie's origin.

Among other points, Loomis reminds us that the "We Can Do It" image most often associated with Rosie today (lower left) is not the original. In fact, the "We Can Do It" Rosie has some troubling not-so-worker-friendly origins in a company propaganda campaign by the Westinghouse Corporation.

The original Rosie portrait (upper right) was the creation of Norman Rockwell, and appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1943.

Both Rosies have become iconic, and the "We Can Do It" image's corporate associations have long been buried under a bigger and better message of self-empowerment for women.

But Rockwell's Rosie is the original. And she looks it, too, in a distinctly American way. Rockwell could get a bit schmaltzy at times, but his best work, including Rosie, captures a unique combination of the heroic and the wise-ass, displayed in a single attitude. His Rosie poses proudly in front of the flag, holding a classic profile. But she's not going to drop that sandwich, either! And who's gonna tell her she has to? There's no doubt she's earned it.

Posted on September 28, 2015 and filed under LABOR HISTORY.

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.

Posted on September 24, 2015 and filed under SEATTLE TIMES, LABOR HISTORY.

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

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, digitalmediaguild.org is clearly going to be the place to start.

Posted on September 23, 2015 and filed under ORGANIZING.

General Membership Meeting, Wednesday, November 12

The fall General Membership meeting for TNG/CWA Local 37082 will be held Wednesday, November 12 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:  6:30 p.m.

The order of business for the meeting will include a review of the proposed Local budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and nomination of delegates to the 2015 Newspaper Guild Sector Conference and the 2015 CWA Convention.

The meeting will also provide an overview of recent activity at the different units of the Local and within the Guild International. Members at the Seattle Times are encouraged to provide feedback on 2015 benefits open enrollment, including plan updates and continuation of the employee wellness program.

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 Administrative Officer Darryl Sclater at ao37082@gmail.com.

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.

Posted on November 7, 2014 and filed under MEETINGS.

General Membership Meeting, Wednesday, August 13

The summer General Membership meeting for TNG/CWA Local 37082 will be held Wednesday, August 13 at the Seattle Labor Temple in Belltown. All members in good standing are eligible to participate and are urged to attend.

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

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will attend to regular administrative business of the Local, and provide an overview of recent activity at the Local's different work units, updates from the Guild International, as well as discussion of topics of interest to members.

Any member in good standing wishing to propose an item for the agenda may do so by calling the Guild office at 206-328-1190 or sending an email to Administrative Officer Darryl Sclater at ao37082@gmail.com

If you want arrange for parking in order to attend the meeting, send an email or call the office number, and we can provide you directions and access information for free parking in the parking garage across the street.

Posted on August 7, 2014 and filed under MEETINGS.

New Belltown Location For Guild Office

The Guild office has moved a few blocks north and west in Belltown to a new location in the Seattle Labor Temple on First Avenue. Our new address is 2800 First Avenue, Room 312, Seattle, 98121, on the block between Clay and Broad streets.

The new location is just under one mile from the Seattle Times. Paid on-street parking is generally available throughout the day on Clay and First Avenue. For meetings after 5 p.m., if you call ahead or email for instructions we can arrange for free parking in the parking garage across the street.

All our contact info remains the same. If you have a question or inquiry, you can call the office number at 206-328-1190 or e-mail Local Administrative Officer Darryl Sclater at ao37082@gmail.com.

Posted on August 7, 2014 and filed under LOCAL.

General Membership Meeting, Wednesday, May 14

The spring General Membership meeting for TNG/CWA Local 37082 will be held Wednesday, May 14 at the the Guild office in Belltown. All members in good standing are eligible to participate and are urged to attend. WHERE: 2122 Third Avenue, Seattle

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will provide an overview of recent activity at the different units of the Local, updates from the Guild International, and discussion of topics of interest to members, such as the Seattle Times wellness plan.

Any member in good standing wishing to propose an item for the agenda may do so by calling the Guild office at 206-328-1190 or sending an email to Administrative Officer Darryl Sclater at ao37082@gmail.com

Posted on May 9, 2014 and filed under MEETINGS.