York (Pa.) Guild Units Join WBNG

(Aug. 20, 2012) The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild welcomes union members at the York Daily Record and the York Daily Dispatch, whose Guild units have merged into WBNG. The merger agreement was signed in March, and the charter was confirmed by TNG-CWA in June.

Dispatch employees have a contract with the York Dispatch Publishing Company that expires in October. Daily Record employees have been without a collective bargaining agreement since 2005.

With a total of approximately six dozen Guild-represented workers, the two York shops have become part of WBNG's "At-Large Unit."

To guarantee that WBNG's smaller units have a voice on the union's governing body, the smaller Guild units as a group have one delegate to the Executive Council for each 50 members in good standing from the combined membership total. With more than 300 members, this group is entitled to six delegates on the Local 32035 board. Guild members in good standing in the York units are eligible to be delegates to the Executive Council.

The small-units group currently has Council representation from shops at Catholic News Service, Metropolitan D.C. Council AFL-CIO, National Labor College, and Working America. The small-units group also includes about 30 WBNG members who do not belong to a bargaining unit, but wish to retain a Guild affilation.

(The local's larger units – the AFL-CIO, American Nurses Association, Baltimore Sun, BNA-Bloomberg, Radio Free Asia, UFCW, and Washington Post – each with more than 50 dues-paying Guild members, automatically receive a seat on the local's Executive Council.)