Hope Gilmore (CWA Local 1102) / Steve Lawton (CWA Local 1102) / Jon Schleuss (The NewsGuild)
America's Work Force Union Podcast
Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1102 Lead Organizer Hope Gilmore discussed the concern for worker safety within call centers. After a coworker fell ill with COVID-19, the union went on a campaign to ensure workers could work from the safety of their homes. CWA Local 1102 President Steve Lawton also joined today’s episode. Lawton focused on organizing and union activity that led to positive results for workers. He discussed a strike at Verizon that led to a quality contract and an improved relationship with management. Finally, NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss talked about the organizing movement within the news industry. Due to layoffs and stagnant wages, reporters and other news industry workers are organizing at a quick pace. Lastly, he discussed the New York Times data workers and their efforts to organize.
Russ Bates (NXTGEN Clean Energy Solutions) / Dave Bush (Environmental Entrepreneurs) / Jon Schleuss (NewsGuild)
America's Work Force Union Podcast
NXTGEN Clean Energy Solutions founder Russ Bates was the first featured guest today on the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about what the company does and how they help small businesses implement clean energy. He also discussed electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations. Dave Bush of Environmental Entrepreneurs was also featured on the show today. He explained how the clean energy industry could revive the economy, how green energy is the future with energy efficiency and investing in the industry. NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss was our final guest on today’s show. He spoke about successful organizing efforts done by the NewsGuild and some of their members in New York City potentially going on strike soon.
Of the 200 largest papers by circulation in the United States, 70% of them are owned by hedge funds. A number of ideas are being considered to help restore local ownership of local papers, including legislation that would provide incentives for hedge funds to sell their newspapers to local buyers.Tom's next guest today is Jon Schleuss, the national president of the NewsGuild, a division of the Communications Workers of America trade union. The NewsGuild represents more than 20,000 journalists and media professionals across the United States and Canada, including the newsroom employees of the Baltimore Sun.Mr. Schleuss (pronounced "shloyce" ) got his start in journalism a decade ago as an online editor and manager of a staff of journalists at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He later worked part time as a reporter and weekend host at the local NPR station. In 2013 he joined the Los Angeles Times as a reporter, and five years later led the campaign to secure union representation at the Times, whose newsroom had been non-union for all of its 140 years. Mr. Schleuss's union has been closely involved in the Save Our Sun campaign to protect the Baltimore Sun from continued cuts by its current owner, Tribune Publishing and its controlling hedge-fund partner, Alden Global Capital, and to press the company to sell the paper to a journalism-centered coalition of local buyers. The NewsGuild is also working with other newspapers and with digital newsrooms across the country facing similar corporate pressures.Jon Schleuss joins Tom on Zoom.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.