Come out on Labor Day and march with our CWA sisters and brothers!

Aug 29, 2018 by

This year CWA is THIRD in line because it’s our 80th anniversary of marching in this parade!

So it’s safe to say that we’ll be heading out at 9:00 a.m. sharp!  But you’ll need to show up earlier than that if you want to grab one of the awesome free T-shirts that we’ll be handing out!

We’ll be lining up at 14th Street and Tucker. . . See you there!

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UMG to hold Post-Dispatch unit meetings, discuss bargaining

Aug 20, 2018 by

The United Media Guild will hold two Post-Dispatch unit meetings to discuss upcoming contract negotiations.

The first meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Missouri Bar and Grill on Tucker Blvd. The second will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at The Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave.

Thanks to everybody who filled out our questionnaire on bargaining priorities. P-D unit chair Joe Holleman and other UMG leaders are assessing that information.

Lee Enterprises has expressed an interest in holding expedited bargaining focused on a limited number of issues – as we did during our previous contract negotiations. But thus far we don’t know what the company’s issues are, so it is difficult to determine if that will be feasible.

We expect to hear a lot more from Lee Enterprises before we hold those unit meetings.

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UMG members, top CWA officers joined Missouri’s fight against “Right to Work”

Aug 9, 2018 by

Members of the United Media Guild were on the front lines of the fight against “Right to Work” in Missouri.

Some of our retiree members helped gather signatures the more than 310,000 signatures that forced the issue to a state-wide ballot.

CWA president Chris Shelton.

Our Labor Tribune unit played a key role in the anti-RTW messaging. Members of our Missouri Jobs with Justice unit got out into our communities explaining why RTW would be bad for the state’s workers.

And top officers in  the Communications Workers of America — the parent union of The NewsGuild and UMG — joined the phone bank effort from their office in Washington D.C.

CWA president Chris Shelton and CWA secretary-treasurer Sara Steffens were among those reaching out to voters.

Ultimately “Right to Work” lost in Missouri by a resounding 2-to-1 margin. Voters rejected this attempt to weaken the labor movement by allowing workers to benefit from union representation without paying dues.

Such legislation erodes worker solidarity and diminishes the resources unions need to gain and enforce contracts.

“This has never been about workers receiving an extra 25 cents an hour or a 401k match,” UMG business representative Shannon Duffy wrote in an essay published on the Labor Notes website. “That’s small potatoes to them, an annoyance. This is the result of planning on a grand scale. It has to do with keeping workers disorganized and, if possible, at each other’s throats—because a disorganized workplace, where workers feel powerless, prevents our ability to act collectively in the broader struggle for social and economic justice.”

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