Organizing Update

Southwest Florida News Guild


On Monday, journalists at The Naples Daily News, The News-Press, The Banner, and the Marco Eagle announced they are joining NewsGuild-CWA.

On Monday, journalists at The Naples Daily News, The News-Press, The Banner, and the Marco Eagle announced they are joining NewsGuild-CWA as the Southwest Florida News Guild.

A delegation of the union's organizing committee presented local management with a letter requesting voluntary recognition from the newspapers' parent company, Gannett, which would pave the way for contract negotiations.

The Southwest Florida News Guild would cover more than 50 reporters, photographers, planners, producers, news assistants, and columnists across the two newsrooms that produce the publications.

A mission statement, written by the group's Organizing Committee, details financial woes and impacts on working conditions resulting from a corporate merger between Gannett and GateHouse Media.

"This has taken a toll on our working conditions," they wrote. "We have lost skilled journalists, and in many cases their positions have not been filled. That makes it difficult for us to maintain the level and quality of coverage our communities deserve. Both newspapers' employees find hope in their future," they wrote. "They hope you do too."

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Indivisible

This week, staff at the Indivisible Project, an organization built to work for and support thousands of grassroots groups across all 50 states in the fight for real progressive change, filed a petition with the NLRB to join the Washington-Baltimore News Guild/CWA Local 32035.

Because employees believe the Indivisible Project has an obligation to embody its values, they are requesting for leadership to voluntarily recognize the union.

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Lee's Summit 9-1-1 Dispatchers

9-1-1 dispatchers in Lee's Summit unanimously voted to join CWA Local 6360 in an election held by the Missouri Board of Mediation.