The Buffalo Newspaper Guild Reaches A Tentative Contract Agreement With The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises – Details To Be Made Public Monday
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Newspaper Guild and The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract.
The agreement comes after five months of bargaining over a lengthy list of proposals on both sides.
In light of the tentative agreement, the Guild is ending its two-week By-Line Strike and is thanking the Western New York Community for its tremendous outpouring of support.
Since the beginning, the Buffalo Newspaper Guild has sought to protect local journalism and to protect the people who enable The Buffalo News to meet its journalistic mission.
“We believe this tentative agreement represents a good deal for our Members and a much better deal than what many other Newspaper Workers across the country are getting,” Guild President Sandra Tan said after the tentative agreement was reached on Friday (July 30th).
“Our thanks goes to the Western New York community, which has stood with us over these past few months and helped make this agreement possible,” Tan said.
Nearly 1,800 community members signed a petition asking Lee Enterprises and The News to protect local journalism and reach a deal with the Guild.
And roughly two dozen elected leaders and community organizations stood with the Guild at a time when its Union-represented Members most needed their support, the Guild said.
The tentative agreement, which is subject to ratification by the Guild Membership, includes both gains and compromises.
It also protects many of the Union’s existing contractual rights and benefits.
Details of the tentative agreement will be shared with Guild members on Monday (August 2nd).
“We believe this negotiation highlights the important role Newspaper Unions play in protecting local journalism and the people who make that work possible,” Tan said. “We believe the community recognizes that here in Western New York and we are very grateful.”
The Buffalo Newspaper Guild, one of the oldest Newspaper Unions in the country, represents roughly 150 Buffalo News and weekly Sun Newspaper Employees, including most Newsroom Staff and Employees in Circulation, Accounting and Prepress.
The Guild also represents workers at four independent print shops in Western New York.