Dear Members,

On behalf of myself and the newly installed officers of the Washington Baltimore News Guild, thank you so much for entrusting us to lead our union for the next year. Consider this the first installment of a monthly newsletter, intended to inform members of the goings on of our local, highlighting volunteer, educational, and a variety of opportunities within WBNG.

Long before we were sworn in on Feb. 17, our executive council got to work building new committees, establishing relationships with sibling and parent union officials, and overall planning for our future. We are all fiercely committed to growing our union through robust organizing, arming our members with the latest education on how to fight for our rights in the workplace, and stabilizing our finances— all during a global pandemic that has made all of this a unique, but formidable challenge.

Our intent through all of this is to unite our journalism and non-profits units, and rely on our strengths to craft contracts that promote diversity, equity, equal pay, strong anti-retaliation measures and great workplace benefits. United together, we will grow as a body and ensure a better future for our union siblings who will inherit the fruits of our labor. We’re so excited to get to work!

In Solidarity,
Fatima Hussein
President, Washington Baltimore News Guild