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The Newspaper Guild

Full name The Newspaper Guild
Founded 1933
Members 32,000
Head union Communications Workers of America
Affiliation IFJ
Key people Bernie Lunzer, president
Office location Washington, D.C.
Country United States, Canada

The Newspaper Guild-CWA is a labor union founded by newspaper journalists in 1933 who noticed that unionized printers and truck drivers were making more money than they did. In addition to improving wages and working conditions, its constitution says its purpose is to fight for honesty in journalism and the news industry's business practices.

The organization's founders were Joseph Cookman an editor of the New York Post, Allen Raymond of the New York Herald Tribune and Heywood Broun of the New York World-Telegram.[1] Carl Randau was its director from 1934 to 1940.[2][3] It was originally called the American Newspaper Guild, but it changed its name in the 1970s to reflect the fact that it also operated outside the United States. It had expanded into Canada in the 1950s.

It became affiliated with the Communications Workers of America in 1995. The Guild is also affiliated with the International Federation of Journalists.

Today, the Guild has more than 32,000 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Its membership has expanded from just journalists to many other employees of newspapers and news agencies, such as clerks who take classified ads and computer support workers. It also represents workers in a number of other industries.

Its President is Bernie Lunzer and its Secretary-Treasurer is Carol Rothman.


  • See also 1
  • References 2
  • Archives 3
  • External links 4

See also


  1. ^ New York Times November 16, 1933
  2. ^ Abe C. Ravitz, Leane Zugsmith: Thunder on the Left, Intl Pub, 1992, p. 102 [2]
  3. ^ , Arno, 1971, p. 251The story of the CIOBenjamin Stolberg,


The Walter P. Reuther Library is the official repository of The Newspaper Guild Official Archives. Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

  • Newspaper Guild Records, 1933-1973. 156.5 linear feet.
  • St. Louis Newspaper Guild Local 47 Records, 1933-1966. 10.5 linear feet.
  • Detroit Newspaper Guild Local 22 Records. 1933-2007. 67.25 linear feet.
  • Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild Local 82 Records. 1950-1976. 6.5 linear feet.
  • Columbus Newspaper Guild Local 13 Records. 1934-1986. 5.5 linear feet.

External links

  • Official website
  • Roger A. Simpson Papers . "Records relating Simpson’s research on the Newspaper Guild in Seattle in the 1930s."

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