Digital Producers at the Atlantic Digital Optimization Team voted to be represented by The NewsGuild of New York Local 31003 in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board that concluded Wednesday. The 21-person unit consists of digital producers across five states that make up Gannett’s Atlantic region.Continue reading “Digital Producers at the Atlantic Digital Optimization Team Win Union Vote”
After months of unlawful union-busting tactics by management of the New York Times, members of NYT Guild Tech staged a virtual walkout on Wednesday. Workers said they were protesting management’s continued unfair labor practices that seek to divide their union and prevent hundreds of workers from voting in an upcoming National Labor Relations Board vote on union representation.Continue reading “NYT Guild Tech Walkout: Let them vote!”
Staffers at the civic tech nonprofit Democracy Works won voluntary recognition of their union, the Democracy Workers Collective, Aug. 10, 28 days after announcing their union drive. They join News Media Guild Local 31222.Continue reading “Democracy Workers Collective wins union recognition”
Editor’s Note: This article was first posted on Aug. 3, 2021, on the website of The NewsGuild of New York.
A transformation is underway in our union. We are moving away from the business-as-usual servicing model that has come to dominate the labor movement over the past 70 years, much to the benefit of employers, and toward the organizing model that gives workers real power in the workplace.
These two approaches stem from different conceptions about where our power lies. The service model views the union as a vending machine, where someone puts their dues in and expects to get a grievance or contract out. But the organizing model is rooted in the understanding that our real power comes through unity and collective action. If we want to settle big grievances or win a strong contract, then we have to be willing to fight together to win it.
We’ve hit a record of organizing in our union — again. More workers have joined The NewsGuild in 2021 than in any year stretching back decades.Continue reading “2021 is already a record-breaking year”
Journalists at Forbes won a stunning 90.5% vote in favor of unionizing on Tuesday, with 67 voting yes and just 7 voting no. The unit will encompass approximately 100 newsroom employees, including reporters, editors, designers, videographers and social media editors. They will join the NewsGuild of New York Local 31003.Continue reading “Editorial workers at Forbes win union Vote, 90.5% vote yes”
Members of the New York Times Guild Tech took a big step forward in their unionization campaign on Wednesday: They asked management to negotiate terms for an expedited online vote supervised by the American Arbitration Association by the end of August.Continue reading “N.Y. Times tech workers: Let us vote!”
This week sort of exploded with two major press freedom issues around the world.
A major investigation by Washington Post journalists and many others exposed an operation by a private spyware company that has been hacking into the phones of journalists around the world. Activists, politicians and journalists were found on a list of more than 50,000 targeted phone numbers. It’s an expansion of a disturbing trend by authoritarian regimes that are suppressing dissent by targeting journalists. I was proud to bring our union back into the International Federation of Journalists last year. The group of large journalism unions quickly condemned the targeting of journalists. We stand with them and journalists around the world condemning the spying and suppression of free speech.Continue reading “Newsletter: Not just a wave; it’s a movement”
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.Continue reading “Hudson Valley Gannett workers are forming a union”
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.Continue reading “Staff at Democracy Works Unionize with The NewsGuild”