UMG Member Benefits

UMG members belong to The NewsGuild, a sector within the Communications Workers of America.  As such, they gain a variety of benefits not available to non-union employees.


Our members have complimentary access to two relevant training sites. offers on-line skills development for tools such as Excel, Microsoft Word, Final Cut Pro, Premiere and Photography Dreamweaver. The site features hundreds of training titles for a variety of skills.

NewsGuild members can also access to learn Photoshop®, Lightroom® and further their photography skills.

Our members can also take on-line courses through APT College, which features a wide array of courses ranging from basic education to highly technical.


NewsGuild members can join the Union Plus program and gain discounts from a variety of companies. Through CWA’s affiliation with Abenity, our members can save on:

Other companies in the Union Plus program include:

ATT Wireless: Save up to 15 percent on select wireless plans. (You must visit one of the ATT stores staffed by CWA members.)

Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Payless and Thrifty: Save up to 25 percent on car rental deals.

AMC, Cinemark, Regal and Redbox: Save money on movie tickets and rentals.

Budget Truck Rental: Save 20 percent on local and one-way rentals.

Careington: Dental insurance plans starting at $7.95 per month.

Collette Travel: Instant savings of $50 to $100.

Consumer Reports Digital: Save 25 percent on your subscription.

eHealth Medicare: Assistance in finding the right supplemental insurance.

Goodyear: 10 percent discount on tires.

MetLife: Home, renters and car insurance discounts up to 15 percent.

Money Management International: Free credit, debt management and bankruptcy counseling sessions.

Pet’s Best: Up to 10 percent discount on pet insurance.

Teleflora: Save 20 percent ordering flowers on line.

The Hartford: Various life insurance programs for Union Plus members.

TRUECar: The Union Plus Auto Buying Service can save you money buying new or used cars.

Union Plus Motor Club: Roadside assistance plans and more.

WellCardRX: Save up to 65% off the retail price on brand name and generic drugs.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage: Save on financing your home.

Other Union Plus benefits include:

Legal services: Free consultation and other benefits at offices nationwide.

Scholarships: Union Plus has awarded more than $4.3 million in scholarships.

Layoff assistance: Some grants of up to $300 are available.