Organizing Update

From Massachusetts to Maryland, staff at news outlets are ready to improve their working conditions and strengthen their ability to serve their communities by joining NewsGuild-CWA.

At the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Valley Advocate in Massachusetts, a series of decisions by management, made suddenly and without consultation with workers, have raised serious concerns about the publication's future. "No one is asking us our thoughts or opinions on how we operate right now," said Brenda Nelson, the Gazette's librarian. "This union will let us be heard at the highest levels."

In Maryland, journalists at the Capital Gazette newspapers, The Carroll County Times, and the Baltimore Sun Media Group have come together to demand better pay, greater representation, and stronger investment in its newsrooms from Tribune Publishing, which owns all three publications.

"Though our papers are scattered around the Baltimore region, our dedication to the readers we serve unites us," said Danielle Ohl, a reporter for The Capital. "Because we all value community journalism, we hope it's around for generations to come."

The workers in both Massachusetts and Maryland are seeking voluntary union recognition from their employers.