HOT DOC: Newspaper Guild Prez Takes Buyout


Dear Guild member,

In the most difficult decision of my life, I chose to apply for the
voluntary separation program and was approved.

My last day at the Daily News is February 1.

It breaks my heart to not only leave the paper, but to resign from
leading the Newspaper Guild, effective immediately.

It would not be prudent, nor fair to the membership for me to be take
part in any meetings or conversations with Interstate General Media
about a future for which I will not be around.

My decision was not based on fear, but on opportunity. Taking time to
explore alternative career interests is what was the right choice for
me and my family.

The company has asked to meet with Guild leadership on Thursday to
again ask the union to re-open our contract, which is in effect until

At this time we have no more information as to the company’s
liquidation threat made last week.

According to the Guild’s bylaws, our executive shall appoint an
interim President to take charge until the next general membership
meeting when other candidates could be nominated and an election could
be required.

I have the utmost confidence in our executive board and if any of our
current officers assume the duties of the President, the membership
will have a hardworking, dedicated advocate.

There is a General Membership meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. January
22 at the Guild Hall at 1329 Buttonwood Street.

It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to serve the past four years
as Guild president, and as secretary for several years prior.

In solidarity,

Dan Gross, President,
Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America Local 38010

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