WANT TO GO TO LABOR NOTES 2022 IN CHICAGO?

Labor Notes— one of the most progressive organizations in the labor movement— is hosting their 2022 conference in Chicago!

Labor Notes Conference 2022

June 17-19 

Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Want to join a delegation from Chicago News Guild delegation and meet thousands of labor leaders from across the globe and sign up for some of the hundreds of awesome workshops on offer?

Chicago Guild will pay the registration fees for 10 local members (a $175 value!) to attend!

Interested? Send an email HERE with your name, unit, address, phone and email— slots will go on a first-come, first-served basis (with consideration for representation across as many CNG units as possible)

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Calling all Chicago News Guild leaders!

REGISTER FOR THE CHICAGO GUILD SUMMITT 2022 HERE!

These are exciting times for our union! We have members in the streets and notching big wins! We’ve got new units going public! And members across the local are battling intransigent bosses and evil hedge funds for contracts!

Our local is growing and getting stronger, and now is time to take stock and plan for the future!

We invite all unit officers— including our shops still battling for first contracts— to the Chicago News Guild (Zoom) Summit on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. 

This is a chance for us to discuss how our local and our units operate, how we can use our resources to build power in our shops, in our local and in our city!

At minimum, we need one officer from each unit to attend (and we’d love to have them all), but any members interested in building our union are welcome— stewards, active committee members, whoever!

REGISTER HERE for the summit Zoom!

HERE is a link to cool flyer you can share (also attached as a PDF).

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READER FREED!

After months of pressure co-owner of the Chicago Reader, Leonard Goodman, agreed to end the standoff and sign-off on the sale allowing the publication to transition to a not-for-profit status.

Congratulations to members of the Reader Unit who stood up and defended the integrity of their work and fought to save a 50-year-old cultural treasure that is the Chicago Reader.

Thanks to all our union brothers and sisters who supported the Guild in their efforts to save jobs and keep independent journalism alive.

When we fight, we win.
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Spring Training Is Here!

SIGN UP FOR NEWS GUILD TRAINING SESSIONS!
MORE MEMBERS WITH MORE KNOWLEDGE MAKES OUR UNION STRONGER!

Every Chicago Guild is invited to sign up! Click on the links to sign up today!

CONTRACT CAMPAIGNS WORKSHOP

Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bring your team together— folks who want to be at the table, folks who want to research, folks who want to fire up the shop— for this 90-minute session that will help you build a campaign to WIN the contract you want.

REGISTER FOR CONTRACT CAMPAIGNS WORKSHOP

STEWARD TRAINING

Don’t think you know enough to be a steward? How do you think stewards got to know stuff? Stewards are knowledgeable communicators who bring their co-workers together to act and make our jobs better. Free up two hours every other TUESDAY and learn the ways of the steward.

MODULE 1: STEWARD BASICS

5-7 p.m. Tuesday April 5

What is the role of the steward, and can you do the job? (Spoiler: You can!) Check out this first session for an overview that will leave you hungry to learn more.

REGISTER FOR MODULE 1: STEWARD BASICS

MODULE 2: A WORKPLACE ORGANIZER

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19

Organizations gotta be organized! Learn how to build teams in your shop and visualize the power structures in your workplace and beyond.

REGISTER FOR MODULE 2: A WORKPLACE ORGANIZER

MODULE 3: A COMMUNICATOR AND EDUCATOR

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3

Communication and culture are essential! Learn how to have conversations that allow you to learn from, teach, and motivate your co-workers.

REGISTER FOR MODULE 3: A COMMUNICATOR AND EDUCATOR

MODULE 4: A PROBLEM SOLVER

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17

When there are problems in your shop, rally your co-workers together to solve them! Learn how to plan and evaluate effective, collective action

REGISTER FOR MODULE 4: A PROBLEM SOLVER 

MODULE 5: A UNION REPRESENTATIVE

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31

Know your rights under the law and under your contract, and role-play grievance and disciplinary meetings with the boss.

REGISTER FOR MODULE 5: A UNION REPRESENTATIVE

MODULE 6: ANTI-HARASSMENT

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14

Be prepared and learn how to respond to harassment in the workplace, and union. 

REGISTER FOR MODULE 6: ANTI-HARASSMENT

MONDAY NIGHTS WITH LABOR NOTES

Labor Notes, a progressive labor organization that runs some of the best workshops around, will be offering its “Secrets of a Successful Organizer” series to TNG members. Check out this list of awesome topics, and please note that TNG will refund the $15 registration fee— reimbursement info will be provided by TNG at the session. 

PART ONE: BEATING APATHY

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 4

REGISTER HERE!

PART TWO: ASSEMBLING YOUR DREAM TEAM

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mon. April 11

REGISTER HERE!

PART THREE: TURNING AN ISSUE INTO A CAMPAIGN

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Monday, April 18

REGISTER HERE!

Looking for more training opportunities? Check out the TNG Calendar for updates on workshops and events coming soon!

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Tribune Guilds Want You!

On Wednesday, March 9 at 6 CT/7ET Tribune Publishing Guilds and allies are meeting for for an hour-long state of our unions town hall.

Crucially, nearly all we have left to bargain is the hard economics of our contract. We know this will have a massive impact on us, each other, and our communities overall for years to come. We’ll be taking stock of where we are, where we’re going and how we can protect and build upon the work we are doing to save local news from predators like Alden Global Capital.

In addition to a Q&A session, attendees can expect to hear about:

  • Recent Tribune Publishing Guilds victories
  • Findings of our pay equity study being released next week
  • How much Alden/Tribune has cut staffing around the country
  • How Guild members are successfully fighting back
  • What it will take to win the contract that protects us (and our shared democracy)
  • Our vision for the future
  • Who all wants to help us get there, and how

That means you.Register here in advance to get ready for the fight: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkc-GqrDspH9FZfaABfDlR7E-POyVnmO-v

In solidarity

Tribune Publishing Guilds

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Chicago News Guild Unit Election Season Is Here!

According to the Chicago News Guild bylaws, unit elections should take place each year in January or February. Watch your email inbox for a message announcing the date for nominations for unit officers.  

For more general information on Chicago Guild elections, please check out this FAQ

For more technical information on how to conduct unit elections, check out this announcement

Have more questions? Reach out to your unit chair or email Local President Andy Grimm.

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Welcome SEIU Local 73 Staff

The Chicago News Guild is proud to announce the addition of the staff union at SEIU Local 73 to its family. Members voted 36 to 4 to affiliate with the Guild. We look forward to working with SEIU Local 73 Staff to strengthen their position at the bargaining table and add muscle to contract enforcement. Thanks to everyone who worked to make this happen.

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