Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild

TNG-CWA Local 37002 – Proudly serving the Twin Cities since 1933

Pioneer Press members out in force for contract talks


St. Paul Guild members filled the Pioneer Press conference room July 29 to support the bargaining committee

St. Paul Guild members filled the Pioneer Press conference room July 29 to support the bargaining committee

At the beginning of the Pioneer Press Guild Unit’s 11th and 12th bargaining sessions this week, management was greeted by dozens of Guild members who relayed one simple message:  “Enough is Enough.”

At the outset of bargaining on July 29, a letter was hand-delivered to management representatives that protested the company’s bargaining position under the headline, “Enough is Enough.” The letter (below), signed by Pioneer Press Guild Unit leadership and your Pioneer Press Bargaining Committee, included a petition with the signatures of a majority of the Guild membership. Copies were mailed to the top executives at Digital First Media and Alden Global Capital, the New York hedge fund that is majority owner of DFM.

Guild, AM950 host film about media censorship and control

The Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild and progressive radio AM 950 KTNF are hosting a screening of “Shadows of Liberty,” a documentary about media control, consolidation, and censorship, Monday, July 21, at The Wellstone Center in St. Paul.

The 93-minute film features interviews and disturbing accounts of media control from journalists and progressive activists that include Dan Rather, Julian Assange, Amy Goodman, Daniel Ellsberg and Roberta Baskin. Representatives from the Guild and AM 950 will be available after the screening to answer questions and discuss the issues raised in the film.

The screening and discussion are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 21. Admission is $10 and advance tickets are available at http://tinyurl.com/katfedd.

The Wellstone Center is located at 179 Robie St. E. on St. Paul’s West Side.

A View From the Ditch by Larry Sillanpa

(NOTE: Twice a month, we’ll run Guild member Larry Sillanpa’s column A View From the Ditch on our website. Larry has been writing the column for the Duluth-based newspaper, Labor World, for 25 years. Enjoy!)

A recent article ranks Uruguay as one of the best countries in the world on workers’ rights. You wouldn’t think of a Latin American country as being good that way.

Living in the U.S. we can be surprised any country is good because we’re told we’ve got it so good here.

Workers to commemorate ’34 Teamsters strike

On Saturday, July 19th, workers at the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press and across the Twin Cities will commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the 1934 Teamsters truck drivers strikes that made Minneapolis a union town, in a show of solidarity with their fellow union members.

Members of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild — as well as Teamsters mailers, delivery drivers and pressroom workers — will participate in a half-mile solidarity march to the site of the historic “Bloody Friday” massacre in 1934, when striking Teamsters truck drivers were shot by Minneapolis police acting on orders from the anti-labor Citizens Alliance. About 500 to 1,000 union members are expected to participate in the march.

Guild members, show your PRIDE!

Guild members are invited to walk with the Minnesota AFL-CIO in the 2014 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade this June 29!

We are thrilled to continue the long tradition of walking in the parade as well as supporting GLBT equality in the workplace and in our communities. So let’s fill our parade units with members and our union colors and celebrate!

The parade begins at 11 a.m. LINEUP on 3rd Street and Hennepin Av. We are #105 in the line up. It is the tail end of the parade. UCARE is in front of us and SEIU Healthcare is behind us. We will begin line up at 10 and look for the MN AFL-CIO banner.

Wear your Guild t-shirt! And if you don’t have one, call the Guild office to buy one… 612-789-0044.

To rsvp or if you have questions, contact Jessica Hayssen at the MN AFL-CIO at 651.261.8559 or jhayssen@mnaflcio.org.

See you there!

May Day greetings from your President

Janet Moore mugHello everyone.

I thought May Day, a day of commemoration of labor and the working class, would be a good time to update you on the activities of your union.

First, let me introduce myself - I’m the new president of our Local.

I’ve been a reporter at the Star Tribune for the past 17 years covering business news. I became a Guild member in 1993 when I joined the staff of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. I’ve long been active in the Guild, either as a steward, a mobilizer, a negotiator, and co-chair of the Star Trib unit for the past four years.

Since assuming my new position in January, the Guild Executive Committee has been extremely busy. We formed an Organizing Committee with the express purpose of building our power and numbers as a union. We need to look for growth beyond our traditional industry – newspapers – to grow. If you have ideas on this effort, please feel free to email me at janet.outlaw@gmail.com.

We’ve also discussed raising the profile of the Guild in our community, and the fine work that our members do. We’re putting together a contingent to march in the Pride parade on June 29. If you’d like to join us, please let me know. And, you can wear your Guild T-shirt with Pride – complete with the beautiful logo designed by our own Ricardo Levins Morales!

In coming weeks, I hope to attend your unit meetings and meet as many of you as I can. And remember, the Executive Committee’s meeting are open to all – they’re held at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at the Guild office in St. Anthony. Please join us.

In solidarity,

Janet Moore


TNG-CWA Local 37002

Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild


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