IMPACT: 31-Year-Old NewsGuild Reformer Beats Incumbent in Re-Run Election

In March, Payday Report broke the story of how incumbent NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer planned to block more than 2,000 new members in recently organized units the from right to vote in the NewsGuild Presidential election.

Further reporting by Payday Report revealed that more than 2,000 current members weren’t sent ballots

The furor created by Payday’s reporting helped to create a public outrage over the election; leading to calls for a re-run election under threat of demands for the Department of Labor to get involved in the election.

Today, the re-run election was completed. Reformer 31-year-old LA Times organizer Jon Schleuss has defeated 61-year-old incumbent Bernie Lunzer by a margin of 1,979 to 1,514.

“This is an incredible day and I am over the moon,” wrote Scheluss on twitter. “It is extremely emotional for me to think that so many of you support our campaign. I believe in a more productive NewsGuild that better serves our members and I know that we can create it together.”

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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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