Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild

TNG-CWA Local 37002 – Proudly serving the Twin Cities since 1933

Rest In Peace, Jim Ragsdale

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We are heartbroken to report that Jim Ragsdale, a longstanding Guild member and respected journalist, died after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64.

Ragsdale, a former St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter and editorialist who had worked for the Star Tribune since 2011, was named Minnesota Journalist of the Year last spring by the Society of Professional Journalists — a recognition of lifetime achievement that ranged from award-winning reporting on former Gov. Jesse Ventura to whimsical monologues on TPT’s “Almanac” news show.

Our sincere condolences to Jim’s family, friends and colleagues.

Read his obituary here. http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/283056061.html


Important Notice for Voters

Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day.

Minnesota law allows employees to take the necessary time off to vote without a reduction in pay. Minnesota law also states that employees cannot be required to use personal leave to vote.

If you have an issue in your workplace regarding voting, please let your union officers or steward know. And remember, it’s vitally important that you exercise your right to vote!!

Open House planned at Star Tribune

Guild members,

Since our building at 425 Portland Av. has been sold to a real estate developer and is slated for demolition next year, the company will hold an Open House for employees, former employees and retirees.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Guild will have a table on the third floor in the Metro section. More than 650 people have already RSVP’d — if you haven’t, and want to attend, please do so here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/star-tribune-alumni-homecoming-registration-13160213553




Buy your TAMN gala tickets today!

Hi all,

Here is a link to purchase individual tickets to the TakeAction Minnesota Awards Ceremony on Dec. 13 at the beautiful Union Depot in St. Paul. The gala includes a social hour, dinner, and programs beginning at 5 p.m.

Existing Guild members are encouraged to purchase a ticket and support our newest members. Early bird individual tickets are $80.


In unity,

Jessica Hayssen


Guild journalists win big

Guild members at labor publications in Minneapolis and St. Paul scored big in the International Labor Communications Association contest.

Steve Share, editor of the Minneapolis Labor Review, won six awards, including the prestigious Saul Miller award. And Michael Moore, editor of the St. Paul Union Advocate, won three awards.

The Association said the winners “represent some of the best and most inspired work in labor communications and are to be congratulated in promoting the highest standards of labor journalism.” The awards will be presented at a special luncheon on Dec. 12 at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations, Steve and Michael!

Here are Steve’s awards:
1st Place: Best Photo Essay or Gallery, “March for Dignity and Justice, 10/5/13″
1st Place: Best Photograph, “SEIU janitors, security officers authorize strike”
1st Place: Saul Miller Award / Collective Bargaining, “SEIU Local 26 janitors, security officers vote to authorize strike”
2nd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Minneapolis Labor Review, February 22, 2013 front page”
2nd Place: General Excellence – State & Central Body Publications, “Minneapolis Labor Review, January 25, 2013 and February 22, 2013 issues”
2nd Place: Best Editorial or Column, “Overdue raise in state’s minimum wage would benefit all workers.

Here are Michael’s awards:

1st Place: General Excellence – Blog, “The Saint Paul Union Advocate”
1st Place: General Excellence – State & Central Body Publications, “The Saint Paul Union Advocate”
2nd Place: Best Analysis, “Shutdown left federal workers caught in political crossfire”


Guild Organizes TakeAction Minnesota

Hello everyone,

Here’s a news release we sent out today. This is, indeed, great news for the Guild, and represents the first unit we’ve organized in more than a decade. Janet

ST. PAUL, MN: A majority of employees at TakeAction Minnesota overwhelmingly decided last week to organize as a new unit of the Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild, TNG-CWA Local 37002.

TakeAction, a progressive group dedicated to racial and economic equality, joins current Guild members in Minnesota at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Clean Water Action, interpreters at Hennepin County Medical Center, and others.

“We are delighted to welcome TakeAction employees to our union,” said Janet Moore, president of the Minnesota Guild. “As smart and dedicated folks, they’re an incredible fit with our organization.”

More than two dozen TakeAction employees signed cards under a neutrality agreement with their employer to join the Guild, a sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The Minnesota Guild formed in 1933 and is the second-oldest TNG Local in the country with about 630 members. All told, 32 members will join the Guild.

“For more than 80 years, Guild journalists have been speaking truth to power, and that tradition will continue with the addition of our Local’s newest members,” Moore said.

“TakeAction has long stood with the labor movement and now we stand as a part of it,” said Terin Mayer, a TakeAction employee who worked diligently on the organizing campaign. “This shows that as a progressive organization, we walk the walk.”

Dan McGrath, executive director of TakeAction Minnesota, said, “We congratulate our staff on choosing the Newspaper Guild as their exclusive representative for collective bargaining. As a people’s organization committed to making Minnesota more equitable and democratic, we fervently believe in the right of all workers to organize and bargain collectively. Our staff is no exception. We appreciate the respectful and professional manner in which our staff conducted their organizing work, and we look forward to bargaining a first contract in the same spirit.”

Retired labor leader Bill Moore served as the neutral third-party arbitrator in the card check.

(Photos above: Left, President Janet Moore and TAMN internal organizer, Terin Mayer; Right: Some of our new TAMN members.)


Stribbers support the AP


About 40 Star Tribune staffers picketed outside HQ last week in support of our brothers and sisters at the Associated Press, who are negotiating a new contract.

The AP’s Steve Karnowski (above) talks about the wire service’s demand that Guild members pay more for their health benefits — so much more, it wipes out any raise the AP has bargained. Of course, we stand in solidarity with the AP, because democracy depends on journalism.

Thanks to everyone who turned out!

Membership Meeting TONIGHT!

Guild Members:

The Guild has an exciting program planned for our Wednesday, Sept. 17 membership meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll meet at the new East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul, an independent institution that celebrates and preserves the working class heritage of the city’s East Side.

The Beaux Arts library, the former site of the Arlington Hills Branch library, is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. in St. Paul.  It is a former Carnegie library – one of 2,509 built worldwide by industrialist Andrew Carnegie between 1883 and 1929.

Retired Macalester professor and labor historian Peter Rachleff will briefly discuss his group’s effort to restore the building and celebrate the East Side’s considerable labor history. The East Side was once the home of several large, industrial employers like 3M and the Hamm’s brewery, and the neighborhood continues to attract immigrant families drawn by the promise of employment.

Please join us! We’ll also adopt our annual budget (we have a surplus!) and discuss our search for a new Administrative Officer.


Janet Moore/President

Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild/TNG-CWA Local 37002

Pioneer Press Guild members OK contract amid swirl of DFM mobilization

On a day dedicated to a national mobilization by The Newspaper Guild at Digital First Media newspapers, Guild members at the St. Paul Pioneer Press had another issue to address – consideration of a proposed new contract.

Dozens of Pioneer Press employees attended a ratification meeting held in two sessions Monday, Sept. 8, and overwhelmingly approved the new agreement.

As part of the national mobilization effort, Guild members in St. Paul issued a news release, posted a statement on the Local website (mnguild.org) and placed an ad in the competing Star Tribune asking the current owners, Alden Global Capital, to sell the newspaper to a responsible owner. The ad was placed in the Star Tribune after it was rejected by management at the Pioneer Press. It was a coincidence of scheduling that the mobilization effort and the contract ratification vote occurred on the same day. 

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