The Portland Newspaper Guild announced today that Administrative Officer C.J. Betit has accepted a job with the Maine State Employees Association and will resign his position with the Guild effective July 7. Betit will remain as a special advisor to the Guild on sale-related issues.
“I’ve enjoyed immensely my time representing the membership as both an officer of and working for the Guild,” said Betit. “I thank the members for the opportunity to do that.
“In the end, this was just too big an opportunity to pass up, doing work I thoroughly enjoy. I’m content in leaving, knowing that the Guild has been run on a framework of teamwork and that there are plenty of members willing, able and fully capable of continuing the history we have here of strongly representing our members.”
"C.J. has been instrumental in transforming the Guild into a well-organized and effective union,” said Guild Vice President Tom Bell. “Because of that, we're actually in a good position to move into the future without him."
The Executive Board at a meeting Friday took several actions in light of this announcement. Guild President Kathy Munroe has been named Interim Administrative Officer effective July 7. While Munroe fills that role, Guild Vice President Tom Bell will fill the role of President. The Board also appointed Greg Kesich as vice president, filling in for Bell, and Justin Ellis, John Richardson and Julia McCue will share the role of Unit Chair, filling a vacancy from the March round of layoffs. The appointments of Bell, Kesich, Ellis, Richardson and McCue will come before the membership at the July meeting for ratification.
Regularly scheduled elections are scheduled for November.
"These appointments give us stable and strong leadership,” said Bell. “We are now positioned properly at this critical juncture in the Guild’s history."