Binghui Huang speaking to supporters and members of the Indianapolis NewsGuild during a rally in 2022

Indy Guild ratifies new contract, with better pay and job protections against AI

After more than 3 years of bargaining, the Indianapolis News Guild reached a two-year collective bargaining agreement with Gannett.

The agreement invests $200,000 in giving members long-deserved raises and updating the woefully outdated wage scale. This was a priority among the 39 members, whose input also guided the decision-making in non-economic areas.

The contract includes a new seniority-based wage scale, plus across-the-board pay increases in both years of the contract, which will benefit every member and help with pay equity in the newsroom.

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Texas Tribune staffers pose for a photo and gather together on the day they launched their union January 24, 2024

Texas Tribune employees announce union organizing campaign

AUSTIN — Employees of the award-winning nonprofit newsroom The Texas Tribune announced their intent to unionize on Wednesday as the Texas Tribune Guild, part of the Media Guild of the West and The NewsGuild-CWA.

Organizers petitioned for voluntary recognition from the CEO, editor-in-chief and the board of The Texas Tribune.

Members of the union organizing committee presented management with the request for voluntary recognition after 90% of eligible staffers signed union authorization cards signaling their desire to be represented by the Texas Tribune Guild.

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POLITICO and E&E News staffers ink first contract

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday the POLITICO and E&E News (PEN) Guild reached a tentative agreement for its first-ever collective bargaining agreement after 20 months of negotiations. 

Covering three years, the tentative contract includes numerous improvements for the company’s journalists, including higher pay that helps close inequities in the newsroom, stronger benefits and layoff protections — including enhanced protections against adoption of artificial intelligence, some of the industry’s first contract language regarding the use of AI.

“We formed this union because our colleagues were overworked, underpaid and lacked basic protections,” said Unit Chair Tanya Snyder, a transportation reporter for POLITICO Pro. “This contract will benefit our journalists and lead to a healthier, stronger newsroom.” 

Members of PEN Guild, which represents over 270 journalists, must still ratify the contract.

Wage inequity was a top issue for many in PEN Guild. The union’s study of newsroom salaries found wage gaps for journalists of color and women and non-binary employees. The contract will take significant steps toward closing those gaps. 

Other achievements in the contract include 5 percent caps on insurance premium increases and coverage of IVF and fertility treatments; 24 weeks of paid parental leave; faster vesting of 401(k) matches; automatic transit stipends; a strong policy regarding the treatment of trans and non-binary employees; and just cause protections for the disciplinary process.

POLITICO journalists unionized in October 2021 with over 80 percent support of the newsroom and were formally recognized by the company shortly thereafter.

PEN Guild is part of the Washington-Baltimore Chapter of NewsGuild-CWA.

Contact PEN Guild at politicoeenewsguild@gmail.com

Photo of Los Angeles Times staffers posing in front of Los Angeles City Hall on January 19, 2024 during a strike (Jay L. Clendenin)

Photos from the historic Los Angeles Times walkout

Six years after forming their union, workers at the Los Angeles Times struck for 24 hours over illegal behavior by management and a plan to gut the largest newsroom on the West Coast. The newsroom of about 400 walked off the job in a quickly organized strike, the first ever work stoppage in the L.A. Times’ 142-year history.

Workers struck across the country and gathered in downtown Los Angeles, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts and Texas.

(Photo by Jay L. Clendenin)
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Newsletter: Los Angeles Times is on strike TODAY

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When we were organizing at the Los Angeles Times seven years ago we never thought we would go on strike.

Now, six years to the day since we had our vote count, workers are on strike for 24 hours in protest of illegal behavior by management and company plans to lay off a disastrous number of journalists.

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Times management announced that it intends to imminently lay off a significant number of journalists and asked the Guild to gut seniority protections in the union contract so they have vastly more freedom to pick whom to lay off. This will greatly damage our ability to provide the accountability journalism so important to Southern California.

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Los Angeles Times staffers protesting company plans to lay off journalists in 2023

Los Angeles Times goes on strike today

Los Angeles Times workers are walking out today, the first strike at the publication in its 142-year history. The one-day unfair labor practice strike is happening six years to the day that workers formed a union at the Times.

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Times management announced that it intends to imminently lay off a significant number of journalists and asked the Guild to gut seniority protections in the union contract so they have vastly more freedom to pick whom to lay off. This will greatly damage their ability to provide the accountability journalism so important to Southern California. 

In response, the Guild is holding a one-day, multi-city walkout on Friday to Save Local Journalism. It will be held at 12 p.m. PT on the southwest side of Gloria Molina Grand Park (200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012) near L.A. City Hall.

Staff will also be participating in Sacramento, Washington and elsewhere; and will be abstaining from work for the day. This is the first newsroom union work stoppage in the history of the Los Angeles Times, which began printing in 1881.

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High Country News staff form wall-to-wall union

54 years after its humble beginnings as a newspaper in Wyoming, the national magazine’s unionizing efforts will go towards pay parity and equitable working conditions.

Press contact: McKenna Stayner, hcnunion@gmail.com
Website: www.hcnunion.org
Twitter: @HCNUnion Instagram: @HCNWorkers

On Jan. 9, staff at High Country News, a 54-year-old nonprofit magazine that covers lands and communities in the Western U.S., announced their intent to unionize. The High Country News Union has organized with the Communications Workers of America Local 37074, Denver News Guild, joining peers such as the Denver Post and Casper-Star Tribune. On a national scale, High Country News staff joins the ranks of an increasing number of nonprofit newsrooms to unionize, from Grist to CalMatters to ProPublica.

“I’m so excited to see what HCN will become when staff have a real and meaningful say in our workplace. The High Country News Union will be a body to receive and digest all our individual needs and reflect our shared goal of making HCN a better, healthier work environment,” said HCN’s Features Director McKenna Stayner.

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For respect and fair wages: Evansville Courier & Press employees announce union campaign

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Citing slashed resources and jobs and the prospect that nothing will change without action, the award-winning journalists of the Evansville Courier & Press are uniting to form a union.

The launch is intended above all to perpetuate the high standard of investigative journalism, sports, food and news coverage for which the Courier & Press long has been known — by giving a greater voice in the workplace to the journalists who make it all happen every day.

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Journalists at The Evansville Courier & Press announce union

On Monday, every journalist at The Evansville Courier & Press in southwestern Indiana signed a union card and asked parent company Gannett to voluntarily recognize their union.

On Tuesday, workers petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for an election.

“We want to ensure a future for ourselves and news in Evansville,” said Sarah Loesch, a government reporter at the Courier & Press.

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Workers at CQ Roll Call announce plan to unionize

Washington, D.C. – A supermajority of employees at CQ Roll Call have decided to form a union to fight for stronger job protections, better pay and benefits, and a louder voice in newsroom decisions. 

For decades, CQ Roll Call’s award-winning journalists have played a critical role in holding our nation’s leaders accountable and keeping readers informed about the inner workings of Congress. But under current management, reporters, photographers and legislative trackers have been asked to do more with less after multiple rounds of layoffs and the company’s refusal to fill open positions. 

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