Bernie Lunzer, president of the NewsGuild-CWA, who is seeking reelection, is going to visit WBNG Local 32035 this Monday, March 11 at noon to meet and greet the members.
Bernie is no stranger to the Washington Baltimore News Guild, so let’s all come out to say hello, and hear from him what he wants to do for the next four years. Let Bernie know what’s on your mind too.
As a local, we are committed to providing equal treatment to both candidates. We hosted Bernie’s opponent Jon Schleuss Feb. 25. Here is an article from the NewsGuild about the race.
The Washington-Baltimore News Guild will have a new treasurer for the two-year term that starts Jan. 31. Justin Moyer of the Washington Post defeated incumbent treasurer Tim Fitzgerald of the American Postal Workers Union, 303-76, in mail voting by WBNG members earlier in January.
WBNG incumbent secretary David DeJesus (Washington Post) defeated challenger Joel Gratz (AFL-CIO), 274-103.
Executive Council member Steve Cook (Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs) ran unopposed for president, and incumbent WBNG vice president Elise Bryant (at-large) ran unopposed for vice president, and were elected by acclamation.
For five at-large delegate seats on the WBNG Executive Council, Fatima Hussein (Bloomberg BNA), the former president of the Guild local in Indianapolis before taking a job with BBNA, topped all candidates with 286 votes. Others elected to the Executive Council were Hau Chu (Washington Post), 261 votes; Katie Mettler (Washington Post), 252; LaTisha Harvey (BBNA), 249; and Michelle Wang (Radio Free Asia), 171. All will be serving their first term on the Executive Council.
Finishing out of the running were all Executive Council members: Gabe Gonzalez (AFL-CIO), 162; outgoing president Robert Struckman (AFL-CIO), 143; Struckman’s predecessor as president, Sheila Lindsay (American Nurses Association), 126; Jazmin Gargoum (at-large), 80; and Matt Losak (at-large), 59.
Balloting was conducted entirely through the mail — which may be a first in WBNG history — by the American Arbitration Association, as authorized in the fall by the WBNG Executive Council. Tabulation of the ballots was conducted Jan. 29 in WBNG’s Washington office under the direction of the local’s Election and Referendum Committee: Mark Pattison (Catholic News Service), chair; Tammara Madison and Peter Brusoe (BBNA), Amy Lampkin (AFL-CIO) and Sam Nelson (Jobs With Justice), members.
Of WBNG’s 1,694 members, 394, or 23.28 percent of the electorate, cast ballots. This does not include four other ballots, which were spoiled and could not be counted. There were no challenged ballots in this election.
Monday’s chilly temperatures were the perfect time to “turn up the heat” at the Advancement Project, where the NewsGuild has been negotiating a contract for nearly a year.
“We’re tired of the lack of progress,” said the AP Union Bargaining Committee, which organized two pickets at AP’s board meeting yesterday.
“July will mark one year of negotiations, and management is still dragging their feet. With no commitment to wage increases, no substantive concessions, and slow movement from management, it’s time to turn up the heat.”
Following the actions, the bargaining committee met to finalize counterproposals in anticipation of resuming bargaining at the end of the month.
The Executive Council of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild voted unanimously to adopt a new credit card policy at its monthly meeting on May 23.
The policy doesn’t significantly alter the way our two credit cards will be used, because there is no evidence that they’ve been used improperly, but the policy clarifies how our union’s money can be spent and expressly lays out how members can review the local’s financial information, including receipts.
EC member Steve Cook led the committee work, which included research into guidelines from the Department of Labor and local union resource materials from the Communication Workers of America. His leadership set a fresh and collegial tone for the work and helped lead a committee with an array of input from rank-and-file members and EC members alike.
“We should all be proud of this credit card policy,” said WBNG President Robert Struckman. “Steve Cook did a wonderful job as chair. All of us should continue to push for accountability and transparency at our union. It will strengthen us and give members assurances that we can be a union that’s ready to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.”