The Guild has an exciting program planned for our Wednesday, Sept. 17 membership meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
We’ll meet at the new East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul, an independent institution that celebrates and preserves the working class heritage of the city’s East Side.
The Beaux Arts library, the former site of the Arlington Hills Branch library, is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. in St. Paul. It is a former Carnegie library – one of 2,509 built worldwide by industrialist Andrew Carnegie between 1883 and 1929.
Retired Macalester professor and labor historian Peter Rachleff will briefly discuss his group’s effort to restore the building and celebrate the East Side’s considerable labor history. The East Side was once the home of several large, industrial employers like 3M and the Hamm’s brewery, and the neighborhood continues to attract immigrant families drawn by the promise of employment.
Please join us! We’ll also adopt our annual budget (we have a surplus!) and discuss our search for a new Administrative Officer.
Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild/TNG-CWA Local 37002
On a day dedicated to a national mobilization by The Newspaper Guild at Digital First Media newspapers, Guild members at the St. Paul Pioneer Press had another issue to address – consideration of a proposed new contract.
Dozens of Pioneer Press employees attended a ratification meeting held in two sessions Monday, Sept. 8, and overwhelmingly approved the new agreement.
As part of the national mobilization effort, Guild members in St. Paul issued a news release, posted a statement on the Local website (mnguild.org) and placed an ad in the competing Star Tribune asking the current owners, Alden Global Capital, to sell the newspaper to a responsible owner. The ad was placed in the Star Tribune after it was rejected by management at the Pioneer Press. It was a coincidence of scheduling that the mobilization effort and the contract ratification vote occurred on the same day.
That’s the message on Monday from journalists, ad reps and other media workers across the country seeking alternatives to Digital First Media, the nation’s second-largest newspaper chain.
Guild-represented staff at major newspapers, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Denver Post and San Jose Mercury News, have published ads online and in print seeking local, community-minded buyers for their newsrooms.
Here’s the Administrative Officer’s job description that we will be publishing nationally to replace Mike Bucsko. It is my hope to have the position filled by early December, since we have a rather important contract reopener looming at the Star Tribune on commuting issues related to our Newsroom move.
If you know anyone who would make a great candidate, by all means, encourage them to apply. Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.
We’re very sad to report that our Executive Officer, Mike Bucsko, is leaving to take a job as a mediator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in New Jersey. Mike’s last day is Oct. 1.
It will be mighty difficult to replace Mike, who has served our Local well for the past seven years, but we wish him well in his new career venture.
I’ve formed a Search Committee consisting of Kelly Blaiser and Nick Woltman from the Pioneer Press, Jessica Hayssen from the MN AFL-CIO, Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune and myself to find a replacement. We will be posting the job description on the national TNG website, as well as other venues.
The Search Committee will recommend a candidate to the Executive Committee, an elected body that will vote on the new Executive Officer.
Please know this is an open and democratic process. If you are interested in participating or have thoughts on possible candidates, please let me know. I can be reached at email@example.com.
September 1 is Labor Day, and union members will march with their friends and family members in the Minnesota State Fair’s daily parade through the fairgrounds. The 2 p.m. event is an opportunity to recognize the working men and women who keep America strong.
The Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation sponsors the marching unit annually. Union members march alongside a patriotic float carrying union musicians.
Union members and retirees are invited to bring their families and join the Regional Labor Federation’s marching unit. Parade participants will receive a free ticket to the fair!
(Editor’s Note: This is the monthly column from Larry Sillanpa, a Guild member and editor of the Labor World newspaper in Duluth)
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