NewsGuild applauds Local Journalism Sustainability Act

The NewsGuild-CWA is enthusiastically supporting a bill that would provide a path to financial stability for struggling local newspapers, digital-only publications and local television and radio stations through a series of tax credits.

“The Local Journalism Sustainability Act would provide a much-needed boost to save local news jobs,” said NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss. “Half of America’s journalism jobs have been wiped out in the past decade and the losses have accelerated during the pandemic.

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Victory! NLRB rules: Raises must be restored, back wages paid to NBC News Digital employees

The National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the NewsGuild of New York on Thursday, deciding that NBCUniversal acted improperly in June 2020 when it rolled back wage increases it had granted to NBC Digital employees.

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Hudson Valley Gannett workers are forming a union

Editorial employees to fight for local news and address pay, diversity, job security.

Editorial employees at three Gannett-owned publications in the Hudson Valley — The Journal News, Poughkeepsie Journal and Times and Herald-Record — announced Wednesday that they are unionizing with the NewsGuild of New York Local 31003. With more than 80% of eligible staffers signed on to the effort, the Hudson Valley News Guild has requested voluntary recognition from Gannett management.

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Staff at Democracy Works Unionize with The NewsGuild

Staff at the civic tech nonprofit Democracy Works have announced they are unionizing with the News Media Guild Local 31222. As key participants in protecting, expanding, and improving democracy in the United States, the Democracy Workers Collective seeks policies in their workplace that align with the organization’s external work.

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Record-Courier journalists are unionizing

Newsroom employees at the Record-Courier in Portage County, Ohio, announced Tuesday that they are forming a union. Staffers signed cards indicating their desire to be represented by Local 1 of the NewsGuild-CWA, which they submitted to the National Labor Relations Board. They also asked the newspaper’s owner, Gannett, to voluntarily recognize the Guild. Local 1 represents the workers’ unionized Gannett counterparts at the Akron Beacon Journal, Canton Repository and Massillon Independent.

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Good news/Bad news: The Appeal shuts down, staffers relaunch it as a ‘worker-led news outlet.’

Wednesday was a bad news/good news kind of day for workers at The Appeal, who announced in May that they were forming The Appeal Union.

Management has decided to shut down the online publication because of financial concerns, effective June 30. Clearly, bad news.

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Insider journalists win union vote in a landslide

The NewsGuild of New York wins election as bargaining representative of more than 300 employees. 

Editorial employees of Insider voted 241-14 to be represented by The NewsGuild of New York Local 31003 in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board that concluded on Monday. 

The bargaining unit of more than 300 digital journalists includes reporters, web editors, producers, video editors, social media producers, animators, photographers, designers and copy editors. 

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