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NewsGuild Of New York Reaches ‘Groundbreaking Contract Settlement’ With The Nation - New Six-Year Contract Includes Four-Month Paid Parental Leave For Employees - Regardless Of Gender, & 25% Raises Over Six Years

Published Thursday, December 17, 2015

(NEW YORK) – The NewsGuild of New York announced on Wednesday (December 16th) a groundbreaking new six-year Contract with The Nation, which will provide Employees four months of Paid Parental Leave regardless of gender, a nearly unheard of benefit in the News Industry.

NewsGuild Members at The Nation voted overwhelmingly to ratify the agreement earlier, Union Officials said.  In addition to Paid Parental Leave, the contract will provide a 25% Pay Increase over the life of the agreement.  The contract also includes The Nation’s Digital Editors and comes as The NewsGuild is in the midst of an aggressive organizing effort to Unionize Digital Reporters.  Earlier this year, Digital Reporters at Al Jazeera America and The Guardian US both joined The NewsGuild in order to secure a greater say in the newsroom.

 “Kudos to ‘The Nation’ for taking such a ‘progressive stance’ and ‘working with us’ to ‘trail-blaze’ a path for other media organizations to follow.  Journalists are ‘parents too’ and it’s ‘important’ that they have the ‘opportunity’ to be with family during this joyous period, ‘without worrying about repercussions’ from their employer,” NewsGuild of New York President Peter Szekely said.

Emily Douglas, Senior Editor at The Nation, said: “The negotiating committee is ‘very proud’ to have achieved a contract that ‘not only protects’ our Wages and Health Care, but also takes a ‘major step’ forward in providing ‘fully paid Parental Leave.’  Parental Leave is a ‘critical benefit’ for ‘both’ women and men at our growing company, and will be offered on a ‘gender-neutral basis.’  Even better, the leave can be taken all at once, or in stages, throughout the first year after birth or adoption of a child.  We are ‘delighted’ that management ‘shared our concern’ for new parents at ‘The Nation’ and with the agreement we reached.”

The NewsGuild of New York, Local 31003 of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), represents 2,800 Journalists and other Employees, mostly at New York area-based news organizations, including The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, The Daily Beast and Al Jazeera America Digital.  It was launched in 1934 by a group of Journalists that included crusading Columnist Heywood Broun.

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