Guild Reporter

The Highs and Lows of a Civil Disobedience Arrest

Guild President Lunzer Takes a Stand for Immigration Reform 

Being handcuffed and marched away by police officers as fellow activists applaud your principles is the high point of an act of civil disobedience. After that, as TNG-CWA President Bernie Lunzer learned at an immigration reform rally this week, “it’s tougher than you think.” But he's still glad he did it.  "The rally and civil disobedience was about deciding what kind of country we choose to be,” he said. “Will we be a country that lives off the back of immigrant labor while prohibiting them from full participation as citizens? Or, will we do the right thing and create citizenship for these immigrants, the kind that our immigrant ancestors enjoyed?"

20,000 Rally on National Mall for Immigration Reform

Guild President Bernie Lunzer among 200 Activists Arrested 

CWA and other unions joined with a crowd of 20,000 activists rallying and marching on the National Mall on Tuesday in the fight for immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Outside the U.S. Capitol, 200 took part in a civil disobedience sit-in and were arrested, including Guild President Bernie Lunzer, CWA Secretary-Treasurer Annie Hill and CWA Senior Director Yvette Herrera. Rep. John Lewis, a veteran of the civil rights movement, was also arrested, along with seven other Democratic members of Congress.

Vulnerable Children Theme of 2012 Heywood Broun Winners

The world’s most vulnerable children became the unexpected theme of 2012 Heywood Broun Awards, with the top honor going to Rod Nordland of the New York Times for his series, “Kabul’s Killing Freezes.” “The quality of the journalism in the 59 entries reviewed by the committee was nothing short of superlative,” the Broun judges said in a statement. “That the field was so rich at a time of such tight newsroom budgets is a testament to reporters’ passion to tell a story well.” Two entries, also focusing on vulnerable children, tied for a Broun “Award of Distinction.” They are “The Shame of the Boy Scouts” by Jason Felch and Kim Christensen of The Los Angeles Times and “Empty Desk Epidemic” by David Jackson and Gary Marx of the Chicago Tribune. Photo: The judging panel at work July 18 at Guild headquarters.


Guild Condemns Sun-Times Decision to Fire Photographers

The Guild issued a statement this afternoon condemning the Chicago Sun-Times' announcement today that it will lay off its entire photo staff -- 28 people, including 20 Guild members. “This is offensive and wrong on so many levels,” Guild President Bernie Lunzer said. “As a union, we are deeply concerned about the workers who are losing good, family-wage jobs. As an organization of journalists, we are appalled that any newspaper would treat its photojournalists as expendable." Graphic of empty front page by Ian W. Arsenault.

Guild Joins Fight for Federal Shield Law for Journalists

The Guild has added its name to supporters of a bipartisan federal shield law bill introduced last week in the U.S. House and promoted during a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Addressing the secret seizure of AP reporters' phone records, Guild President Bernie Lunzer said, "We are gratified that political leaders from both parties stand with us and other media organizations in calling this what it is: a dangerous assault on a free press and democracy itself. But words aren’t enough. We call on Congress to take action in the form of a federal shield law." 

Canada's 'Saint John 7' Inspire as Strike Enters 4th Month

Seven striking radio station employees -- five on-air personal personalities, a producer and a receptionist -- are now in month four of a strike against a  Rupert Murdoch wannabe in Canada's southeastern province of New Brunswick. The "Saint John 7" are inspiring union members throughout Canada and even globally as people around the world tune in to their online radio station, Radio Free Saint John.

Guild Members Casting Historic Ballots in Dayton

Dayton Guild members have just a few more hours to vote in their historic election for a new contract –- a quarter-century after they negotiated their last contract. Pictured casting her ballot today is Amelia Robinson, the local’s 1st vice president.