The race to lead The Newspaper Guild has ended with Bernie Lunzer and his slate defeating the incumbent, Linda Foley, and her slate. The results of the North America-wide vote, in which CMG members participated by mail, were announced earlier this month. The Newspaper Guild represents media workers within our international parent union, the Communications Workers of America.
“We will fight for constructive engagement with employers throughout the industry, to respond to the challenges of building a robust, profitable industry across all platforms — collaborating where possible, fighting where necessary,” Lunzer said of his team after the election results were announced.
Foley, who leaves office at the end of June, wrote to the CMG to express her thanks for the years of working together to meet the challenges of the North American media industry and of the example CMG has set in building a strong union that is by and for the grassroots. Click here to read her letter.
Meanwhile, the race for the Canada East VP seat on the TNG board continues to the end of June. The TNG’s elections committee was not able to certify the results of that race due to accidental procedural problems in five CWA Canada locals, where elections are being reheld. The results from the CMG were certified and voting is not being repeated here. Barbara Saxberg, CMG’s national director of education, is running against Darren Pittman, president of the Halifax Guild.
Arnold Amber and Martin O’Hanlon, both CMG members, were acclaimed to the positions of Director and Deputy Director of CWA Canada respectively. This was the first election since the creation of CWA Canada as a region with the international union. As director, Amber holds a seat on the international executive board.
Joining Lunzer in the leadership of TNG are Secretary-Treasurer Carol Rothman and Sector Chairperson Connie Knox.