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UMG will hold its retiree luncheon Nov. 7

The United Media Guild will hold its annual luncheon for retiree members at noon on Nov. 7 at Lombardo's Restaurant in the Drury Inn Union Station, 201 S. 20th St., St. Louis, Mo., 63103. The lunch is free for retiree...

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The NewsGuild orders rerun election for sector president

So why have our members received notice for another election for president of The News Guild? Incumbent Bernie Lunzer defeated challenger Jon Schleuss 1,282 to 1,021 in the original election. But TNG's election committee has ordered a rerun due to appeals...

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UMG bargains financial gains for members at multiple units

The past year has been productive for the United Media Guild at the bargaining table. We gained first contracts at the Southern Illinoisan and for the "Fight for 15" fast food organizers employed nationally by SEIU. Since last summer we...

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GateHouse, Gannett merge as the newspaper industry’s consolidation escalates

The consolidation of the newspaper industry accelerated with the pending merger of GateHouse and Gannett. This deal, when completed within four to six months, will lead to a massive reduction in management and administrative personnel of the combined companies. The...

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UMG members ratify first contract at The Southern Illinoisan

United Media Guild members in The Southern Illinoisan newsroom unanimously approved its first collective bargaining agreement at the Carbondale-based newspaper owned by Lee Enterprises. That bargaining unit achieved its top bargaining goal of gaining a layoff procedure substantially guided by...

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Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger wins Pulitzer Prize

Earlier this year the United Media Guild honored St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger with its Terry Hughes Award for exemplary journalism. His exposure of Missouri's "debtors prisons" stirred outrage and triggered change. Monday he won a something exponentially greater...

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Pay equity study at the Post-Dispatch identifies disparity

Promoting pay equity one of The NewsGuild's top national priorities in 2019. Examining the disparity in pay for men and women in the workplace is a mandate for each TNG Local. The United Media Guild conducted such a study at...

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UMG files grievance with NFFWU (employer of FightFor15 organizers) over layoffs. Calls it retaliation for complaining about supervisor.

Two fast food organizers employed by the National Fast Food Workers Union (an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union) were recently laid off from their jobs. The United Media Guild organized those NFFWU organizers in 2017 and, following a...

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