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
. Carl Randau
was its director from 1934 to 1940.Abe C. Ravitz, Leane Zugsmith: Thunder on the Left
, Intl Pub, 1992, p. 102 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 American Federation of Labor
in 1936, then left to go into the new Congress of Industrial Organizations
in 1937, when it expanded its membership to non-editorial departments. It merged 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......