American Red Cross
On May 18, workers at the American Red Cross in Binghamton, N.Y., overwhelmingly voted to form their union with CWA Local 1123. The new bargaining unit has 42 members in five different job titles. Executive Vice President Nikki Tonas said, "The entire membership of CWA Local 1123 congratulates our new union sisters and brothers for holding steady and joining our family today. Our union became even stronger and there will only be more to come as we continue to organize to build our union's power for workers' rights."
On May 14, employees of Forbes, including reporters, editors, designers, videographers, and social media editors, announced their intention to form their union with The NewsGuild of New York-CWA Local 31003 with more than 80% of eligible staffers in support. They are asking management to respect their collective voice and recognize their union voluntarily.
"We're organizing to promote greater diversity in our newsroom, to gain more of a voice in editorial decisions, and advocate for a more supportive work environment where there are clear pathways for promotion," senior media editor Dawn Chmielewski said.
This month, workers at MinnPost (Minnesota Newspaper and Communication Guild-CWA Local 37002), The Appeal (NewsGuild of New York-CWA Local 31033), and Skylight Books (CWA Local 9003) have joined CWA and won voluntary recognition from their employers. Workers are also organizing at the Longview Daily News (Pacific Northwest NewsGuild-CWA Local 37082) and the Kansas City Star (United Media Guild-CWA Local 34067).