The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia

Important Guild Update

January 16, 2013billrossInquirer

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 October.

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 board 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Guild Executive Director Bill Ross at 215-928-0118, 267-240-8540 or

In solidarity,

Dan Gross