Units of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild

Advancement Project

A new unit at the Guild, finalizing their union election on January 10, 2017. Advancement Project staff are working towards a first contract. Unit staff will be added as soon as they are elected!


The AFL-CIO is not a union that bargains contracts for employees, but rather a federation of more than 50 affiliated unions.The federation has several distinct sections and sponsors many programs, all aimed at advancing social and economic justice for U.S. workers by enabling them to have a say on the job, as well as in […]


The AFT-NEROP shop, the former Office and Professional Employees International Union unit, has about three dozen organizers-in-training, organizers, and senior organizers. Shortly after affiliating with WBNG, the NEROP bargaining team was formed: new Guild members Malcolm Emerich, Sara Gordon, Jessie Leiken, and Local 32035 Executive Director Cet Parks.

Agence France-Presse

Agence France-Presse is considered the oldest news wire service in the world. A handful of Washington-based AFP employees began organizing a Guild unit in 1987, soon after the Washington bureau expanded operations and opened up a full-service English news desk.

American Nurses Association

American Nurses Association headquarters workers formed the independent Association Staff Union in 1994. In September 2000, the 120 staff members covered by an ASU contract voted to affiliate with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. The ANA workers have been covered by Guild contracts since February 2001.

American Postal Workers Union

The Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild represents about a dozen staff attorneys, communication specialists, accountants, programmers, and network administrators at the American Postal Workers Union headquarters. All of these Guild members are employed at the national union’s offices in Washington. TNG collective bargaining agreements have been negotiated for APWU’s professional staff since an organizing drive in 2000.

Baltimore Sun

The 135 Guild members at the Baltimore Sun have a three-year union contract that protects and preserves many of the benefits gained over the years. The Sun, like virtually all other U.S. dailies has been hit hard in recent years by changing readership habits. But things have been especially dicey in Baltimore, where the parent ownership, […]

Bloomberg BNA Correspondents

About two dozen BNA correspondents are based outside of the Washington area. They report on state regulations and legislation affecting labor, medical, insurance, and environmental issues. They are represented by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, which represents them on all issues of wages, benefits, and working conditions.


Despite its original name – the Bureau of National Affairs – the former “BNA” has never been a government entity. The Guild has been representing what are now “Bloomberg-BNA” employees since 1938, when Local 35 of the American Newspaper Guild signed a contract with United States News Publishing Corp., the precursor to U.S. News and […]

CASA de Maryland

CASA de Maryland is a Latino and immigration advocacy-and-assistance organization based in Maryland. It is active throughout the state, but has major foci in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Baltimore. The Guild represents staff members of CASA de Maryland.

Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service is the world’s oldest and largest religious news agency, providing subscribers with news, photos, graphics, cartoons, and other editorial content pertaining to the Catholic community worldwide.

Center for Public Integrity

A new unit at the Guild, newsroom and business-side staff at the Center for Public Integrity — one of the nation’s oldest nonprofit news organizations — unionized in late 2018. They inked their first contract in March of 2020.

Change to Win

Change to Win is a coalition of American labor unions originally formed in 2005.  The coalition currently consists of three member unions: The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT); Service Employees International Union (SEIU); and United Farm Workers (UFW). The Guild represents staff members at CtW.

Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, AFL-CIO, is a federation of 28 union locals representing more than 100,000 Kaiser Permanente employees. Since 1997, the Coalition has worked with Kaiser Permanente in the largest and longest-lasting labor management partnership in the United States.

Democratic Socialists of America

Staff of the Democratic Socialists of America received voluntary recognition from their employer in July of 2017. Unit members are now working towards a first contract. Unit leaders will be added as soon as they are elected.

Florida AFL-CIO

The Florida AFL-CIO  signed a agreement in January of 2018.


A new unit at the Guild, staff at ForeignPolicy.com joined the guild in 2016 and bargained their first contract in October 2017.

Georgia AFL-CIO

The Georgia AFL-CIO  signed a three-year agreement in March of 2017, becoming the 30th unit of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. The Peach State’s labor federation contract will expire March 30, 2020. The unit includes staff working on field mobilization and organization in the state.

In These Times

In These Times, an independent, nonprofit magazine, dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.

Jobs with Justice

Jobs with Justice promotes the right of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively.

Lambda Unites

Lambda Unites is the employee union of Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving the full civil rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people and all people living with HIV/AIDS. Unit members are located across the country in Lambda Legal’s six regional offices in New York, California, Texas, Illinois and Georgia. […]

League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters – a unit of over 60 organizers, communication professionals, fundraisers, and policy advocates – received voluntary recognition in August 2019. Unit staff from across the country negotiated a contract in the midst of a pandemic and officially signed their first collective bargaining agreement on August 7, 2020. Their contract is […]

Local 500 SEIU

Local 500 of the Service Employees International Union represents more than 6,700 security, maintenance, clerical, transportation and food service employees in the Montgomery County, Md., school system. Sixteen staffers, including an organizer, administrative employees, and field reps, are protected by a contract that is bargained and enforced by the Guild. WBNG and Local 500 management […]

M+R Strategic Services

Nearly 90 staff members at M+R Strategic Services voted to join the Guild in October of 2017. The unit consists of digital and communications staff at the agency. Staff are working toward bargaining their first contract. Updates will be posted as bargaining progresses. 

Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO

A smaller unit – the CBA language lists five Guild-covered positions – the Central Labor Council for the nation’s capital, the Metropolitan Washington Council (MWC). The latest MWC contract was negotiated by the outgoing president of the AFL-CIO regional organization, Joslyn N. Williams. 

National Association of Social Workers

The 49-member unit of CWA Local 2382, which had been representing workers at the headquarters of the National Association of Social Workers as a freestanding local, voted May 19-21, 2010, to merge with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. The WBNG Executive Council approved the merger in June 2010.

North Carolina – AFL-CIO

Mergers with the IUE-CWA Local 83188 brought the North Carolina AFL-CIO and the Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) units to WBNG.  At the state federation office in Raleigh, Jeremy Sprinkle is the unit chairperson. 

Radio Free Asia

Radio Free Asia is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. About 130 editors, reporters, technicians and others are protected by a contract that is bargained and enforced by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. The WBNG unit was organized at […]

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of sexual abuse. Employees of RAINN overcame a management anti-union campaign in 2014 and voted 32-6 in favor of representation by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. Almost all of the 45 Guild-covered workers are part-timers who directly counsel sex abuse victims […]

Raw Story

A new unit at the Guild, staff at Raw Story Media are working towards a first contract. Unit leaders will be added as soon as they are elected.

Student Action with Farmworkers

The four Student Action with Farmworkers members are based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. After three months of bargaining, the unit’s first Guild contract took effect Sept. 1 2016.

The American Prospect

A new unit at the Guild, staff at The American Prospect are working towards a first contract. Unit leaders will be added as soon as they are elected.

The Real News Network

Staff at The Real News Network received voluntary recognition from their employer on August 1, 2017. The unit is now working towards a first contract. Unit leaders will be added as soon as they are elected.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post unit  covers more than 1,000 members in the newsroom and commercial (non-news) divisions. In January 2010, the unit also begin representing employees from WPNI (washingtonpost.com). Unit members are reporters; advertising sales; copy editors; photographers; artists; computer operators — just to name a few. The people who help make The Washington Post a […]

United Food and Commercial Workers

The UFCW unit includes approximately 80 professional and support staff from a variety of Growth, Growth Support, and Administrative departments. The current contract also covers staff with professional responsibilities in locations across the country – including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New York.

United Way Worldwide

The United Way Worldwide’s Department of Labor Participation serves as AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison to workers and their families across the nation.  Six professional staff in the department are protected by a contract that is bargained and enforced by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. 

Working America

The Working America unit was organized by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild in 2009. A three-year “first” contract covering about 20 Guild members was ratified in early 2010.

York Daily Record

There are nearly three dozen Guild-represented workers at the York Daily Record.  Previously represented by the York Newspaper Guild, that local merged with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild in 2012.

York Dispatch

The current agreement with the York Dispatch Publishing Company is the second for Dispatch employees since the unit’s was represented by WBNG. Previously represented by the York Newspaper Guild, that local merged with the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild in 2012.