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Newspaper Guild or a similar union organizing freelancers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member


    I can see one very positive possibility out of this: Unions like the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers also do double duty as hiring halls, matching up workers with jobs. It would be great to see the Guild (or another labor group, given that in my experience the Guild's always seemed sort of useless) adopt a similar role.
  2. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Yes it would. And long overdue.
  3. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Really cool. Not to mention the discounts for being a member, which is free.

    5 percent off of any purchase at Barnes and Noble
    10-20 percent off select items at Staples
    10 percent off monthly bill at TMobile/ plus phone discounts
  4. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Good luck with that.
  5. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    I'll take my small victories where I can get them.
  6. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    The Guild, if it gets involved, had better get used to the idea of collecting cut-rate dues, in proportion to its freelancing members' cut-rate incomes.

    Or do what the government does and take an increasingly bigger slice from those journalists with full-time jobs and salaries to subsidize those at the low end of the earning scale. ;D
  7. IGotQuestions

    IGotQuestions Member

    The UAW made the middle class. It's up to his journalists to reinvent it, right?
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