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“We Are So Much Stronger Together” - Merger Approved Between The Buffalo Newspaper Guild & The Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union

Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019
by Buffalo News Guild News
“We Are So Much Stronger Together” - Merger Approved Between The Buffalo Newspaper Guild & The Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Newspaper Guild (BNG) Executive Committee has unanimously voted to approve the merger agreement with the Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union No. 9/Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 14148.

Typographical Union President Harold Rehm and Guild President Sandy Tan signed the merger agreement, which was immediately ratified by the Executive Committee.  Additional paperwork to gain official News Guild and CWA recognition of the merger was also signed.

“This is a great day for the Guild and for the Members of the Typographical Union,” Tan said. “We are so much stronger together.”

Typographical Union No. 9 was established in 1852.  It most recently represented about 40 Printing-Related Employees and Retirees, including 24 Union Members who are active Employees at The Buffalo News.  Their Members voted 66-to-1 in support of the merger.

The Buffalo News Employees now covered by the Typographical Unit of the Guild work in Composing, Ad Services and Ad Operations.  They design, edit, proofing and delivering ads, draft preliminary layouts - making press plates along with the Engravers Union and process content like comics, puzzles and items found in publications like Homefinder/BN Home.

The Typographical Unit also represents Employees working at half a dozen other print shops outside of The Buffalo News, including The Tonawanda News, which prints The Niagara Gazette, and Delft Printing, Gallagher, Hodgins and Royal printing companies.

While the Union was already part of the CWA, just like the Guild, their sector – Printing, Publishing and Media Workers (PPMW) – dissolved in August due to its loss of Membership.

Typographical Unit Members will now pay Guild dues and have seats on the Guild Executive Committee.  Their contracts will be bargained separately from the existing Guild contract, and Typographical Unit Members will have decision-making authority over their Defense Fund assets.

The Buffalo Newspaper Guild (BNG)-CWA, Local 31026, represents about 250 Employees at The Buffalo News.  Formed in 1934 as the Buffalo Newspaper Guild, BNG-CWA is affiliated with The Newspaper Guild and the CWA. 

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.buffaloguild.org/2019/11/03/guild-executive-committee-approves-buffalo-niagara-typographical-union-merger/?fbclid=IwAR1GXK-jaoiRs9cGKo9Xtjt3vZPD9OC79KhB-nUWymxLHV87qQkq-FoZDGo

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