December updates

New local officers elected for 2012-2013Please congratulate the following officers, who were re-elected at the Nov. 16, 2011, general-membership meeting: President Darryl Sclater (Times Circulation); Vice-President Ralph Erickson (Times Circulation); Secretary Rob Davila (Times News). No nominations were made for the office of treasurer, so Sclater will be appointing to fill that position. Their terms run until Dec. 31, 2013. The executive board’s normal meeting date is the second Wednesday of each month, and all members may attend. (If you’re coming, please check the Web site in advance, in case the meeting date has been changed for a particular month.)

Union dues tax deduction Reminder: The amount you pay in dues can be deducted from your federal income taxes as an unreimbursed employee expense. This only benefits you if you have enough in deductions to make itemized deductions worthwhile, but it might help you save a little money, depending on your situation. Those of you whose dues are deducted through your employer should see that amount on your W-2s at the end of the year. The Guild does not produce “dues paid” statements to those of you who pay by check on your own, but you should be able to find the annual amount by simply multiplying your monthly dues rate by 12.

< UPDATE: After we sent out this email, a member let us know that very few people will actually benefit from this deduction. You qualify only if your unreimbursed work-related expenses and training costs exceed 2 percent of your income. >

Organizing opportunities survey More and more, the work that Guild members used to do is moving away from large metropolitan newspapers and into local news startups and online ventures. In order to grow in the future so that we can continue to protect the rights of workers who do similar work (maybe you and your co-workers in the near future!), we need to find out where they are. Please participate in this short survey to help the International identify where we should be looking for potential new Guild members:

Seattle-area journalists’ party Rub elbows with current and former television, radio, online and print journalists at the 2nd Annual Holiday Scoop Party starting 6:30 p.m. this Friday at the Last Supper Club in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Tickets ($20 online in advance, $30 at the door) benefit the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship program. Tickets are available online here:

Posted on December 5, 2011 .