Organizing Update

The Palm Beach Post and The Palm Beach Daily News

Journalists at The Palm Beach Post and The Palm Beach Daily News announced Tuesday that they are forming a union with NewsGuild-CWA, adding to the surge of organizing among news industry employees. In a letter to management, they requested voluntary recognition of their newly formed unit of NewsGuild-CWA from the newspapers' parent company, Gannett. 

In a mission statement delivered Tuesday to the papers' interim publisher, newsroom representatives asked Gannett to recognize the Palm Beach News Guild to "preserve our role as a resource in our community, a voice for the voiceless and a watchdog that holds the powerful accountable." 

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Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Last week, the journalists of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle announced that they are joining NewsGuild-CWA. By forming a union, they hope to "protect our newspaper's legacy as an essential public trust," the union organizing committee said. The publication is owned by the Adams Publishing Group.

"Cheyenne deserves a newspaper that can properly capture both its struggles and joys, yet the economic realities of journalism have, at times, limited our ability to produce stories that reflect those complexities," they wrote. "Despite those realities, we've continued to cover school board meetings, demand answers from public officials and highlight those unsung people and places that are so vital to our community."

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Political Research Associates

Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank based in Somerville, Mass., won voluntary union recognition on Feb. 7. After a majority of employees signed union authorization cards, Executive Director Tarso Luís Ramos quickly agreed to recognize the staff as a unit of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, NewsGuild-CWA Local 32035.

"We look forward to partnering with PRA management to create an engaged vision and to negotiating a fair collective bargaining agreement," staff members said in a statement.