Desert Sun Journalists Launch ULP Strike to Demand a Fair Contract

Unionized journalists at The Desert Sun, the Coachella Valley’s daily newspaper, launched an open-ended ULP strike today after three years of bargaining with Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain. The Desert Sun NewsGuild is part of The NewsGuild-CWA, which represents more than 50 Gannett bargaining units, covering more than 1,000 employees.

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IGN Creators Guild win voluntary recognition, celebrate with Twitch stream

A supermajority of editorial and creative workers at IGN signed union cards and launched their campaign on February 6. Just two weeks later, Ziff Davis management voluntarily recognized them after more than 5,700 supporters signed a petition demanding recognition.

To celebrate, members of the IGN Creators Guild organizing committee will board the battle bus and join NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss for an evening of Fortnite and unions, discussing how they organized and what’s next now that they’ve won voluntary recognition. And we’ll bring it all home by answering your questions about unionization live.

Join the livestream on Monday, Feb. 26 at 8 PM ET at twitch.tv/newsguildcwa/ to celebrate their voluntary recognition and learn a little more about what unions can do for all of us in the tech, video game, and journalism industry!

Newsletter: Are you going to Labor Notes?

Happy Friday!

We have a lot of news around the Guild, so let’s jump in.

Last week I attended the Washington Post RAT-ificiation party in Washington, DC and it broke my heart with joy. Outgoing co-unit chair Katie Mettler showed a video about leadership. Have you seen the shirtless dancing guy? A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But followers are the ones that build a movement and you have to embrace them as equals.

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The Texas Tribune Guild formally recognized as a union

AUSTIN — On Friday, the employees of The Texas Tribune were formally recognized by their employer as a union, the Texas Tribune Guild. 

The union — which secured support from 90% of eligible staff members — is wall-to-wall, representing more than 40 eligible staff members, including reporters, photographers, designers, engineers, accountants, editors, and members of the development, product and revenue teams. 

“Today is a great day for the employees of the Tribune. We now look forward to negotiating a contract with management that will make working at the Tribune even better,” said the Tribune’s senior data visuals developer Carla Astudillo.

“We are proud of the work that employees have put in to secure recognition of the Texas Tribune Guild,” said Joshua Fechter, urban affairs reporter for The Tribune. 

“We appreciate the support we have received from readers and journalists across the country,” said William Melhado, general assignment reporter for The Tribune. 

“We went from sí se puede to sí se pudo,” said El Paso-based reporter Uriel García. “Now we can negotiate a contract that can provide some worker protections so the employees of the Tribune can continue to provide quality journalism to Texans.” 

Background: 

The Texas Tribune Guild went public on Jan. 24 and is a unit of Media Guild of the West, TNG-CWA Local #39213, AFL-CIO 

The Texas Tribune was founded in 2009 as a nonpartisan nonprofit news organization, covering politics and public policy. Its mission is to inform — and engage with Texans — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.