Organizing Update

Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and Miami.com

Journalists at the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and Miami.com announced their intention to join the NewsGuild-CWA. Over the past decade, under the direction of the McClatchy Corporation, hundreds of positions at these media outlets have been eliminated through buyouts, layoffs, and consolidation.

"Local journalism is stronger when journalists feel secure in their work and their jobs," said Julie K. Brown, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and investigative reporter at the Miami Herald responsible for the award-winning series that exposed the Jeffrey Epstein plea deal.

Antonio M. Delgado, a senior reporter with El Nuevo Herald, said, "Given the tough conditions shaping our industry, it is now more important than ever for journalists to organize and face together what has become a very uncertain work environment."

Employees are seeking a stronger voice in the newsroom on issues related to hiring, wages, and leave, as well as editorial and financial decisions that have a daily impact on their lives.

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The Columbian

Journalists at The Columbian newspaper have announced plans to join the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild-Local 37082. The Columbian Guild will cover approximately 30 reporters, photographers, editors, copy editors, and editorial assistants.

The staff is seeking greater pay transparency and fairness, greater workplace diversity, improved health benefits, earned severance, progressive compensation, and a fair and consistent grievance policy.

"We call on The Columbian to meet us at the bargaining table to set policies that promote job security, pay that reflects the cost of living and staffing that allows us to tell the stories of our community," the group wrote in a mission statement. "We intend to bargain for equitable wages, greater diversity in the workplace, reasonable leave and health benefits, earned severance, and a fair and consistent grievance policy."

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AT&T In Home Solutions

Thirty-four employees at AT&T In Home Solutions in Arkansas gained a voice in the workplace with CWA, with assistance from Campaign Lead Nancy Barrios, a member of CWA Local 6222 in Houston, and Akeyia Johnson from CWA Local 6507 in Little Rock.