Aug. 1, 2017 – The staff of The Real News Network won voluntary recognition of their union, the Washington-Baltimore Local of the NewsGuild-CWA, today, continuing a recent trend of unionization by workers in digital media.
In a statement to supporters, the staff wrote, “Thank you for all your support, we look forward to taking this excitement and energy to the bargaining table and beyond!”
The group posted a petition online last week to CEO Paul Jay, seeking voluntary recognition, and Paul signed an agreement granting union recognition.
The staff at the Baltimore-based progressive news organization is comprised of a diverse group of hosts, journalists, studio employees, and fundraisers. The new members of Local 32035 said that being part of the Guild is a natural extension of the principles that guide their work.
In a mission statement, issued when they filed the request for voluntary recognition, they wrote,
“We, the undersigned employees of The Real News Network living in the United States, are joining The NewsGuild-CWA, Local 32035, in an effort to strengthen our work and to help The Real News fulfill its mission.
“The Real News fills a vital role in the international, national, and local media landscape. As we face economic, climate, and political crises here and abroad, we feel it is particularly important to stand together and defend independent media.
“Our goal is to bring the Real News’ vision into focus by joining a larger community of other media professionals dedicated to protecting independent media and empowering ourselves as workers.
“We are a diverse and ambitious staff. By joining the Communications Workers of America, we will invigorate the work of the Real News Network by giving all employees a collective platform. Formalizing our work culture will make us even more capable of, and empowered to, create Real News.”