CHICAGO GUILD NEWS
Local investment banker putting together bid for Sun-Times Media Group
James Tyree, chairman of the Chicago-based investment bank Mesirow Financial Holdings, confirmed Monday he is assembling a group to bid on bankrupt Sun-Times Media Group.
Chicago Tribune admits 'breach'
Chicago Tribune halts project that let readers view unpublished story outlines
A short-lived research project in which the Chicago Tribune solicited responses from current and former subscribers to descriptions of Tribune stories before they had been published has been halted after reporters raised journalistic concerns.
IFJ condemns failure to find Politkovskaya's killers
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has backed furious Russian journalists in their response to the failure of the Russian judicial system to prosecute the killers of Anna Politkovskaya following the acquittal of all three defendants at her trial earlier today.
Report from Toronto
While the Canadians finally obtained their own piece of the union pie that is the Communication Workers of America, the diverse also gained July 16 at the CWAâ€™s annual convention in Toronto.
Lunzer challenges Foley at Tri-Council
A routine Tri-Council meeting in Washington D.C. turned into something a little more momentous May 4 when Newspaper Guild international secretary-treasurer Bernie Lunzer laid down a challenge to incumbent President Linda Foley.
Amanta Nagayeva was known to her family, affectionately it would seem, as Amnat. She was last seen with her roommate, Satsita Dzhebirkhanova, in Khasavyurt two days before they each strapped bombs to their bodies and brought down two Russian airliners, killing 90 people.
Remembering Anna Politkovskaya
Frontline/World recently featured a report on journalists who have been killed, harassed or detained in various parts of the globe. Among the victims of governments who donâ€™t appreciate honest coverage was Anna Politkovskaya, who was gunned down in her apartment building in Moscow last October.
Welcome SEIU staff
Weâ€™d like to welcome the staff of SEIU Local 880 as the newest unit of the Chicago Newspaper Guild
Guild executive director Jerry Minkkinen successfully negotiated an initial two-year contract agreement for the 27 employees of the SEIU after a protracted period of organizing in which the SEIU scarcely acted like a labor union in the treatment of its own employees.
Sun-Times media group seeks accomodation
The good news that came out of a meeting between the leaders of the Guildâ€™s four Chicago area newspaper groups and top management of the Sun-Times Media Group March 22 is that the new leaders of the newspaper company want to reach contract agreements with the units in what may be record time.
Lockout continues in Toledo
The Chicago Newspaper Guild has offered to pay the health insurance costs of one family affected by the lock-out situation at the Toledo Blade.
A Canadian shell game
In all the information thatâ€™s been sent out since the CWA convention, what seems to be missing, from CWA sources anyway, is any information at all on what turned out to be the second major dispute at the convention: the shell game played with the Newspaper Guildâ€™s Canadian delegation.
Shit hits the fan in Las Vegas
First off, I hate Las Vegas.
I know thatâ€™s a strong statement but thereâ€™s few places I would rather not be for six days than Las Vegas except maybe Orlandoâ€¦I donâ€™t gamble, Iâ€™m beginning to dislike hot weather and Iâ€™m not that much into hookers and drinking. In Orlando, I developed a strong aversion to Mickey Mouse.
CWA creates new Canadian Region; fight for seat on executive board continues
OTTAWA â€” Canadian members of the Communications Workers of America now have their own region, thanks to an agreement signed last week by President Larry Cohen and other senior leaders, including Canadian Director Arnold Amber.
CWA, by the numbers
Besides the Newspaper Guild, other sectors of the CWA include the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET), the International Union of Electronic Workers (IUE), the International Typographical Union and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA).
Ready for the future
It seems like the underlying theme of every union meeting Iâ€™ve ever attended, on a regional or national basis, has been the decline of union power in America.
Agreement close on digital photo issues at Pioneer Press unit
Technologically, the Pioneer Press Editorial unit is finally getting a chance to enter the 21st Century, albeit a few years later than other newspapers our size.
Voices in the Wilderness banned by U.S. military
Less than 24 hours after issuing a press release highlighting the failures of the U.S. Military's attempts to oversee humanitarian intervention in Iraq, Voices in the Wilderness was banned from meeting with the U.S. Civil Military Operations Center, or international journalists, working out of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.
A chill wind is blowing in this nation
TIM ROBBINS: Thank you. And thanks for the invitation. I had originally been asked here to talk about the war and our current political situation, but I have instead chosen to hijack this opportunity and talk about baseball and show business. (Laughter.)
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