The Los Angeles Newspaper Guild (LANG)
was chartered in 1937 as a local chapter of the American Newspaper Guild. They organized and
represented newspaper employees throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange, and San
Bernardino counties in grievances and collective bargaining negotiations. In 2001, they
merged with the Communications Workers of America. The collection documents these and other
activities of the union via extensive administrative records, correspondence, legal
documents, and published materials. The collection is particularly rich in its coverage of
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner strike.
On December 15, 1933 the founders of the American Newspaper Guild (ANG) held their founding
convention, at which they became part of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). As such,
union membership was primarily limited to those employed in editorial departments. The Los
Angeles Newspaper Guild (LANG) was officially chartered by the ANG in January 1937. That
same year the AFL expelled the ANG, and it joined the Committee for Industrial Organizations
(CIO). As a member of the CIO the ANG could accept members from outside editorial
departments, so any newspaper employee could join.
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