(Oct. 29, 2009) The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild will hold its next membership meeting Saturday, Nov. 14, at our Baltimore office, 415 St. Paul Place. Our local bylaws stipulate that two membership meetings be held each year in Charm City, and it's not an onerous obligation. Besides, Saturday mornings may be the one time of the week when the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (as it's known on the drive south) isn’t clogged!
Still, rather than a dull and dry recitation of our local's activities – the stuff that sucks the breath out of too many union meetings – we’re going to have Elise Bryant from our National Labor College bargaining unit make a half-hour presentation on human rights in the workplace, and how you can apply human-rights principles in your own workplace for the betterment of the union. Elise is in her second stint as WBNG’s human rights coordinator: She lives, eats, breathes, and no doubt sleeps this stuff. Be prepared to have your eyes opened.
The local’s Executive Council will meet following the
membership meeting. During the meeting, the council will consider the
adoption of a strategic plan for WBNG. This represents the potential
culmination of a process begun more than four years ago with an
analysis of the local’s strengths and weakness, and how we could best capitalize
on the strengths while erasing our weaknesses.
During Executive Council meetings, members have voice but no vote – even so, you’re welcome to attend. We invite your comments and perspective on making the Guild a stronger voice for all of us.
– Mark Pattison