After some Pioneer Press reporters started getting warnings last winter that they had to write 2.5 stories a day, their union, the Chicago Newspaper Guild, met with the company to find out what was going on.
It seemed as if a quota system was being imposed but, at the meeting, the company said while there was a new system with new expectations, the system was flexible, the rules “weren’t hard and fast” and reporters were not going to be subject to discipline, said Craig Rosenbaum, Chicago Newspaper Guild Executive Director.
A second successful event for the Women’s Committee happened July 10, 2014. We hosted a beauty night at St. Mary of Providence Home in Chicago. This non-profit charitable organization is home to many women in need of developmental training. Grace Doyle deserves kudos for organizing the event. Grace set up the date and time with the Home. She then contacted CNG members, informing them about participating. Seven people responded – eager to help out with beauty-night. Continue reading →
On April 15th 2014 the Women Committee of CWA/TNG Local 34071 in Chicago held its first event at the Sisters of Providence facility for mentally challenged women.
Sonia Garcia, Emilia Cartagena, Alicia Heskin, Grace Catania and Grace Doyle, all Cook County judicial interpreters entertained 35 women. Refreshments were served during a game of picture bingo and prizes were awarded to the winners; all 35 of them!
Dancing and singing wrapped-up our festivities and the happy attendees invited us to come back for a BEAUTY EVENING which we are organizing and planning to hold in June.
Many thanks to our members for gathering great prizes such as small bags, cosmetics and perfume samples, shampoos and conditioners and for donating their time for this event.
We are now looking for nail files, nail polish in all colors, nail polish removers, hand creams, cotton balls to use at the next event in June, so if you can donate any of those items, we will truly appreciate it. Call Grace Doyle (708) 420-5079 (email at email@example.com) or Grace Catania (847) 691-0328 (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
On May 30, 2013, Sun-Times Media laid off its entire 28-member photo department staff. Less than a year later, four of the 17 photographers that were protected by the collective bargaining agreement were hired back.
What about the 13 Guild-covered photographers and the other 11 photojournalists who were not brought back to work at Sun-Times Media?
All those individuals were invited to join the new unit they inspired—Working Journalists.
Any individual going through the court system has the Constitutional right to an interpreter. Cook County Court Interpreters believe individuals going through the system whose native language is not English deserve highly trained, professionally certified interpreters.
National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators Chair Robert Cruz wrote that the NAJIT was “appalled that a request for an interpreter … was rebuffed in such a way.”
“We welcome our obligation to promote the best practices for our profession and to ensure that our members continue this vital role as part of the justice system,” Cruz wrote. (Read his entire piece here: http://www.languagelinkllc.net/?p=90).
Chicago Newspaper Guild’s executive board unanimously passed a resolution at the March 12 meeting supporting Communication Workers of America Next Generation Network.
Next Generation Network promotes and supports younger activists to help engage union members. The goal is to get the future of the labor movement–the next generation of people under 35–involved and active union members.
The resolution states CNG’s support of this network, pledges to send local activists to the Next Generation Summit, designate a local coordinator from CNG to engage members under 35 and get people to sign up. You can read the full resolution here: http://imgur.com/edit
CNG President Dave Pollard is working with TNG Next Generation lead activist Beth Kramer to designate a CNG coordinator.