NBC News Digital
Editorial employees of NBC News Digital have voted 90-40 to join the NewsGuild of New York, TNG-CWA Local 31003. The votes were tallied at the National Labor Relations Board in Manhattan on Friday afternoon. The 150-person bargaining unit includes reporters, video journalists, editors, social media strategists, designers, and editorial staff from nbcnews.com, today.com, StayTuned, msnbc.com, and NBC News Now.
NBC News has come under heightened scrutiny this fall in the wake of accusations that executives killed major stories and failed to respond properly to internal harassment allegations. The digital staff's organizing campaign seeks to directly address issues like workplace safety, pay equity, diversity, fair scheduling, job security protections, and transparency.
"We couldn't be more proud of the work this union has done, the connections we've made, the victory we earned, and the work we will do together," said Andrew Stern, Video Producer at NBC News. "No matter how our colleagues voted, we stand in solidarity with each of them, ready to work tirelessly to build the newsroom we deserve."
Editorial employees of NBC News Digital have voted to join the NewsGuild of New York, TNG-CWA Local 31003.
Southern Poverty Law Center
The staff of the Southern Poverty Law Center won union recognition by a vote of 142-45 on Dec. 16, racking up an important victory for labor organizing in the south. The bargaining unit will include staffers across 11 SPLC offices in five states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi) and Washington D.C. The SPLC Union becomes the third-largest unit in the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, TNG-CWA Local 32035, and the largest nonprofit in the local.
"At its core, this was a racial justice movement," said Danielle Davis, an attorney in the New Orleans office. "Labor organizing is a tool by which we can ensure equity and inclusion in our workplace," she said.
The staff of the Southern Poverty Law Center won union recognition, racking up an important victory for labor organizing in the south.
Twelve workers on the staff of OutFront Minnesota won voluntary union recognition to join the Minnesota Newspaper Guild, TNG-CWA Local 37002.
Prior to winning voluntary recognition, the group launched an online campaign that won support from politicians, community groups, and labor organizations.