Citing concerns about wages, job security, health care, maternity and paternity policy, as well as a lack of development opportunities and diversity within the newsroom, staff members at the Chicago Tribune this week announced that they are working with the NewsGuild-CWA to fight for union representation.
"We would love nothing more than to focus completely on doing our jobs. But we also want to ensure that our news organizations will survive and thrive so they can continue to serve our readers. We can no longer let our newsrooms be guided solely by corporate voices who don't understand journalism's crucial role or what it takes for us to fulfill the public trust we accept when we walk through the door each day," the Chicago Tribune Guild organizing committee wrote in a letter to all Chicago Tribune employees.
Eleven AT&T DIRECTV administrative employees in Puerto Rico have won representation and are now a part of CWA Local 3010. The organizing effort was led by Local Organizer Cynthia Seda-Lopez, the local organizing committee, and Local President Luis M. Benitez-Burgos.
The ten-member staff at the Missoula Independent, an alternative weekly newspaper in Montana, voted unanimously in favor of joining the NewsGuild-CWA on April 6. They will be represented by Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild/CWA Local 37082.