Thanks for all your hard work during our battle. And thanks for your continued support.
The Newspaper Guild traces it roots to the groundbreaking American Journalists Association, founded in 1919 in St. Louis as a trade association for journalists. Although not connected to organized labor, the AJA sought to improve working conditions for journalists at the Post-Dispatch, the Globe-Democrat, the Star-Times, the Daily Record and the Republic newspapers. Post-Dispatch music and drama critic R.L. Stokes was president of the fledgling group.
After the AJA lost influence, famed journalist Heywood Broun helped found the American Newspaper Guild in 1933. St. Louis became the 47th local to join, bringing the Post-Dispatch, Globe-Democrat and Star-Times into the new labor union. In time St. Louis became a one-newspaper town with only the Post-Dispatch surviving. But along the way Local 47 expanded by adding additional units – including the Labor Tribune, the St. Louis Review and KSDK-TV – which still exist today.
In 1997 the union, now known as The Newspaper Guild merged with the Communications Workers of America. Our Local 47 became known officially as TNG-CWA Local 36047. The St. Louis Newspaper Guild broadened its horizons in recent years, bringing the Jobs with Justice organization, the national Truthout web site, the Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times, the Workers Interfaith Network of Memphis and the Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register into the local.
After agreeing to merge with the Peoria Newspaper Guild in 2011, our local changed its name to the United Media Guild to reflect its broader reach.
We welcome the opportunity to help unionize workplaces at media companies and non-profit organizations in the Midwest and Mid-South. We can build strength in numbers by bringing like-minded groups together in a common cause.
OUR COMMITMENT TO JOURNALISM
Organized labor has never been more valuable to its members, especially in the economically distressed media sector. Traditional newspaper, television and radio companies are faltering due to changing technologies, evolving consumer tastes, new media competition, a stagnant economy, tight financial markets and crippling corporate debt.
Corporate cutbacks have gutted many newsrooms and threatened the journalism profession. The United Media Guild is pushing back by fighting for its members and the important work they do for Lee Enterprises, GateHouse, Gannett and other companies.
OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE
Just as journalists play a vital role in a democratic society, so do non-profit organizations and advocacy groups. The UMG and the larger CWA community provide a vehicle for community-minded operations share resources, exchange ideas and work together on important issues.